By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
TRENTON, N.J. — At his regularly-scheduled coronavirus briefing on Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state’s upcoming primary elections will take place “primarily in-person.”
“We are pleased to announce today that the June primaries will be conducted primarily in person with all of our regular operated polling places open for all voters who wish to cast their ballots on the voting machines,” Gov. Murphy said. “We could take this step because our numbers, while up a bit over the past week, are holding steady and we are expecting to be in a much better place two-and-a-half months from now.”
New Jersey’s primaries are currently scheduled to take place on June 8. The most notable race on the ballot is the gubernatorial race in which Gov. Murphy is up for re-election, and the Republican primary will feature five nominees. Jack Ciattarelli, a former New Jersey General Assemblyman who represented Somerset County in Northern New Jersey, is considered the favorite to win the race. Hirsh Singh, who lost out to Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) in the 2018 election to represent New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, will also be on the ballot.
Former Franklin Township mayor Brian Levine will also be on the ballot along with two first-time candidates: former Marine David Winkler and Philip Rizzo, who are from Santa Ana, California and northern New Jersey, respectively. The deadline to file for election is April 5.
In addition to the gubernatorial race, this year’s elections will bring State Senate and House races along with a smattering of other municipal elections across the state.
The 2020 general election in which President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump was held primarily by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters were allowed to vote in-person if they chose to do so, but more than 3.6 million ballots were returned prior to Election Day in New Jersey.
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