TRENTON – The Senate State Government Committee will convene this Monday to consider bill S-2193, sponsored by Senate President Richard J. Codey and Senator Ellen Karcher, that would move New Jersey’s presidential primary to the beginning of February.
“Too often during presidential primaries, candidates come here to seek our money and not our votes because it’s too late. New Jersey, with its diverse social, economic and ethnic background, should be a part of the early primary activity that plays a crucial role in determining who will become the next President of the United States,” said Senator Codey, D-Essex. “Moving our primary up to early February will give New Jersey voters more bite at the ballot and help ensure that our votes remain relevant in guiding the course of our country for the next four years.”
S-2193 would move the State’s presidential primary from the last Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in February. The change seeks to preserve New Jersey’s influence in the presidential primary process as other states try to move their primaries and caucuses earlier in the year. Senator Codey was the sponsor of last year’s legislation that moved the presidential from the first Tuesday in June to the last Tuesday in February.
“It seems like every four years, the battle to have the earliest presidential primaries gets more and more competitive,” added Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “We don’t need to be first, but we want to have a say in the final outcome of who will compete to lead our nation for the next four years.”
Both Senator Codey and Senator Karcher will speak before the Committee on the bill. The Committee meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 7 of the State House Annex.
The Committee will also hold a public hearing on the State’s plan for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant. The grant helps provide funds for home heating and electricity assistance grants. The hearing is required for the State to receive the grant.