Republicans in Cumberland County are postponing tomorrow’s nominating convention and the county chairman, State Sen. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland), is planning to ask Gov. Phil Murphy to extend the filing deadline for two weeks beyond March 30.
Testa told the New Jersey Globe that he is exploring several options, including online voting for county committee members and giving candidates an opportunity to record speeches and making them available to his county committee.
The idea of expanding the time to file nominating petitions could affect other deadlines.
Right now, the deadline to certify candidates or to decide challenge to petitions is April 8 and the deadline to file court challenges is April 13.
Vote-by-mail ballots for the June 2 primary are scheduled to be mailed on April 18.
Cumberland has a control election for the Board of Freeholders this year. Three seats are up and the Democrats are protecting their 6-1 majority. The local GOP organization received a boost last year when Testa ousted State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) and Republicans picked up two Assembly seats.