Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Jersey Assembly State Government Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Move Primary Back to June

FHQ just got finished listening in on the New Jersey Assembly State Government Committee's very quick consideration of A 3777. The bill that would shift the Garden state's presidential primary back to June was first introduced by its sponsor, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19th, Sayreville). He prefaced his comments by saying that New Jersey had moved its primary in (2005 and) 2007 as a means of creating a "unique" opportunity for the state's contest, but it was less unique when other states had the same idea. That said, Wisniewski stressed the need to change the date based on the rules changes both the RNC and DNC instituted a year ago and then made the case for June based on the cost savings alone.

No one followed the assemblyman's comments with any testimony and the members of the committee praised the legislation's cost savings before voting unanimously (5-0) to recommend the bill for passage by the full assembly.

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