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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Lawmakers considering letting candidates declare then gather signatures

Still-hazy measure won’t see a vote Monday

By Nikita Biryukov, March 16 2020 12:10 pm

Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow candidates to declare their bids for office by filing day and gather the signatures needed to run afterwards.

“We’re working through a proposal to do that, to allow people to declare by the end of March and then have time to get their signatures,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Monday.

Details about that measure remain scarce.

It’s not part of a bill package to brunt the threat posed by COVID-19 that Assembly lawmakers advanced Monday, and it’s not yet clear when, if ever, the bill allowing signatures to be gathered after a declaration of candidacy will see a vote.

It’s also unclear how long after March 31 candidates would have to gather the signatures needed to run.

There is no timeline for the bill’s introduction.

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