TRENTON – The Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would move New Jersey’s February presidential primary election back to June, to be held with the regular partisan primary elections.
“When we first moved New Jersey’s presidential primary up six years ago, it was with the intent that New Jersey be more than a fundraising stopover for presidential hopefuls,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “Now, all we are doing is paying $8 to $12 million every four years for the privilege of selecting presidential candidates with fully half of the nation. Moving the primary back to June just makes sense, from both a relevance and economic perspective.”
Under the legislation (A-3777), New Jersey’s separate February presidential primary would be eliminated and returned to the regular June primary election, as it was prior to 2005.
The measure now heads to the state Senate for further consideration. Gov. Chris Christie has indicated that he supports returning the presidential primary to June.
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