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Report: Judge tells Trump campaign to move election suit quickly

President’s campaign hasn’t sought injunction, restraining order against Murphy’s vote-by-mail order

By Nikita Biryukov, September 08 2020 3:40 pm

A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday told the Trump campaign to move forward with their slow-moving lawsuit to invalidate Gov. Phil Murphy’s order for a primarily vote-by-mail election, Politico New Jersey reported.

“It needs to proceed a lot quicker than that. I’m just not sure why this was not filed with any urgency,” Judge Michael Shipp said.

The Trump campaign sued New Jersey on Aug. 18, seeking to overturn Murphy’s order. Shortly thereafter, the legislature passed and Murphy signed into law a bill that codified many of the changes sought in his order.

Since filing the suit, the Trump campaign has not sought an injunction or restraining order to halt the charges, nor has it sought to expedite the case, a move whose absence Shipp said could leave the court and election officials with little time to adapt to a ruling.

The president’s campaign said it intended to file an amended complaint in the coming days.

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