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September 26, 2011

Re:    Lt. Governor signs law that moves the Presidential Primary back to June

Dear Mayor:

Today, Lt. Governor Guadagno, in her capacity as Acting Governor, signed A-3777/S-2883, which would eliminate separate presidential primary elections and provide for delegates and alternates to political party national conventions to be elected at regular June primary election, into law.

Moving the presidential primary election to February initially appeared as though it would increase our state’s influence in the nominating process.  During February 2008’s ‘Super Tuesday’ New Jersey was among 24 other states that held presidential primaries. By the time New Jersey’s primary was held any benefits to New Jersey for holding an early primary were lost as a number of other states held the primary earlier and the candidates were already chosen by the New Jersey’s primary.  Further, despite the move, New Jersey still had relatively little impact in the nominating process for president.  Thus, holding a separate primary is a costly requirement that does not directly benefit New Jersey voters.

We believe that having one less election during presidential primary years will save money and time on behalf of municipalities.  The law takes effect immediately.

For more information on this law please contact Lori Buckelew at lbuckelew@njslom.com or 609-695-3481 x112.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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