The New Jersey Progressive Democrats of Union County want everyone to stop sending mailers.
The group, led by interim chair Jason Krychiw, on Monday sent a petition to Union County Democratic Chairman Nicholas Scutari and the county’s municipal Democratic chairs
“I personally call on you all to put our constituencies before everything else and sign on to our COVID-19 Campaign Safety Pledge for the 2020 Democratic Primary,” Krychiw said in an email to the party officials.
The progressives are running a full slate of county candidates in Union, as well as candidates in Plainfield, Union and Elizabeth.
Gov. Phil Murphy has issued several executive orders that impose strict limits on in-person contact.
All gatherings are banned, and in-person voter contact would likely have ceased for fear of backlash even were it allowed to continue.
The state of affairs leaves incumbents and candidates with organizational support in a greatly advantageous position.
Unlike their progressive challengers, they can afford to send out mailers and post ads on social media, and they have the chance to lean on party resources at a time when fewer voters are giving to political campaigns.
The progressives said that mailers could put voters at risk, citing a study that found the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could live on cardboard for up to 24 hours.
“This is not the time for politics as usual,” the progressive group said. “This is the time to stand together and serve the people. We must choose to put public health above personal ambition.”