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

Murphy: ‘I’ll be stunned’ if primaries stay on June 2

Governor considering postponing June races after DNC delays convention

By Nikita Biryukov, April 03 2020 3:08 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy doesn’t expect New Jersey to hold primary elections on June 2.

“I’ll be stunned if we stay on June 2nd,” the governor said.

Murphy added that, while no decision has been made on changes to the primary election, such decisions would likely be coming in the near future.

“We’re going to make a decision on that pretty soon,” he said.

In part, the state’s newfound openness to delay its primaries was spurred by the Democratic National Committee’s decision to delay its convention to Aug. 17, more than a month later than the original July 13 start date.

“We have a lot more flexibility than I thought we had two days ago,” Murphy said.

New Jersey has already pushed its April and March elections to May 12. Those votes, along with non-partisan municipal races being held the same day, will be conducted entirely using mail-in ballots.

It’s not yet clear whether the primaries will follow that blue print.

Earlier Friday, the New Jersey Globe reported that Murphy told Democratic County chairs he was considering postponing the June races on a conference call held Friday morning.

Two other states, Kentucky and New York, have already moved their primaries to June 23.

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