Hudson County primary steps up as ‘county-line’ ruling sets in

April 3, 2024


As the court stood firm on its ruling to end the “county-line” ballot system for this year’s Democratic primary, one candidate for the party’s nomination in the House’s 8th District stepped up his arguments against the line.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla was one of the primary candidates running off the line and who signed onto the lawsuit, arguing that he and fellow candidates were put at a disadvantage in the “county-line” system. He said this latest news could give him a boost as he challenges the party-backed candidate, U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez, the son of the embattled U.S. senator.

“I think the voters are smart and they are discerning and we have to expect more of them,” said Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor with Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. “We have to provide them with information to make those decisions. That’s something New Jersey really hasn’t done.”

NJ Spotlight News, April 3, 2024

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