Gov. Phil Murphy declined to take a position on whether county political organizations should postpone county committee elections scheduled for 2020 or if party leaders should be permitted to extend their own terms.
‘I’m the titular head of the party, but I’m not running a particular party,” Murphy said. “It is their jurisdiction.”
At least thirteen county political organizations have cancelled county committee elections for this June and announced new election dates in 2021 or 2022.
Last week, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee recommended that county and local organizations postpone elections for county committee as a way of preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus epidemic.
“I think we’ve shown with the decisions we made on both loosening petition requirements, going to vote-by-mail, and then moving the March and April elections into May that we’re both acknowledging the reality that is before us as well as making sure that democracy progresses,” Murphy said.
The governor’s chief counsel, Matt Platkin, said that decisions on county committee elections won’t be made by the administration.
“It’s up to the counties,” Platkin said. “It is a county party election.”