Senate President Dick Codey has introduced legislation to move New Jersey’s primary up to early February. Last year legislation was passed to move our primary up to February 28th, but with recent changes in the primary schedule by the DNC, Codey wants it moved up to February 5th, the first date allowed by the new rules.
“Too often during presidential primaries, candidates come here to seek our money and not our votes because it’s too late. New Jersey, with its diverse social, economic and ethnic background, should be a part of the early primary activity that plays a crucial role in determining who will become the next President of the United States,” said Sen. Codey. “Moving our primary up to early February will give New Jersey voters more bite at the ballot and help ensure that our votes remain relevant in guiding the course of our country for the next four years.”
Looks like Assembly Speaker Roberts is on board:
“Anything that can enhance New Jersey’s influence in selecting presidential nominees and reverse our reputation as merely an ATM for candidates is worth considering.
“Last year, we took a solid step toward ensuring that our primary election votes will matter — we cannot now let other states return us to the back of the class.”
NJ Democratic Chairman Joe Cryan agrees, too:
“I support Senate President Codey’s initiative, and believe New Jersey should play a deserved, more pivotal role in selecting our nominee.”