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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy delays party reorganization deadline

Order also postpones all elections until Nov. 3

By Nikita Biryukov, July 13 2020 1:06 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing municipal and county committees to hold their organizations after primary results are certified later this month and delaying all other elections until Nov. 3.

“The second order I am signing today suspends the statutory requirement that municipal and county political parties hold their reorganizational meetings either tonight or tomorrow, and allows for them to be held after the certification of last week’s primary election results,” Murphy said. “Given that some local elections have yet to be decided, this is a prudent, if not necessary, step.”

State law requires county committees hold their annual meeting on the first Tuesday following the primary. It’s not clear how many organizations are waiting for results that likely won’t be available until late July.

The order also postpones all scheduled elections, including special elections resulting from vacancies, until Nov. 3, the day of the general election.

“Given the public health challenges of in-person voting in a pandemic, and the cost and logistical challenges of all-mail-in voting, this is also a prudent and necessary step,” Murphy said.

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