N.J. has to wait a bit longer to see if we’ll go first in 2024 presidential primaries

Published: Aug. 01, 2022

New Jersey Democrats won’t learn until after the midterm elections whether they will hold one of the first 2024 presidential primaries.

The co-chairs of the party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, Jim Roosevelt Jr. and Minyon Moore, said in a memo to panel members that they were postponing a decision on the party calendar until November rather than September, as originally planned.

The co-chairs said they were awaiting answers to “several final but critical questions regarding election administration and feasibility in their states.”

New Jersey was one of 16 states aiming for an early spot on the 2024 primary calendar, including the four states that now go first.

During their presentation to the rules committee in June, Gov. Phil Murphy and state Democratic Chair LeRoy Jones Jr. pitched New Jersey as a state that mirrored the country as a whole: Urban, suburban and rural areas; the fourth-smallest state in terms of size; one of the most diverse populations in the country; well-heeled Democratic donors; and two giant media markets whose reach extends well beyond the borders of the Garden State.

“If you can run in New Jersey, you can run anywhere,” Murphy said at the end of a videotape that began the state’s presentation.

New Jersey traditionally has been an afterthought in presidential primaries, except for fundraisers trying to tap the state’s wealthy donors, because its June primary comes too late to help choose the nominee.

The last two New Jerseyans to seek the presidency, Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, long had dropped out before their home state residents got to vote.

The Garden State did go early in 2008, scheduling its primary for Super Tuesday in February. New Jersey Democrats picked Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, the eventual nominee. Four years later, the primary returned to June.

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