Monday, May 9, 2011

New Jersey Assembly Unanimously Passes June Presidential Primary Bill

In the process of clearing its Consent Calendar for the day, the New Jersey Assembly unanimously passed (7675-0) without debate A 3777, the bill to eliminate the separate presidential primary in the Garden state. The legislation would have the impact of consolidating the presidential primary with the primaries for state and local offices during the first Tuesday in June and also carry with it a costs savings of approximately $12 million.

The bill now moves to the Democratic-controlled state Senate -- the House is under Democratic control as well -- where it, if the bipartisan support in the House is any indication, will easily pass and move on to Governor Chris Christie (R). The governor previously has indicated some support of the budgetary savings from the move.

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