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NJ moves primary to July 7 from June 2 because of COVID-19

Sen. Cory Booker suspends 2020 presidential campaign
Posted at 5:54 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 20:40:41-04

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he is signing an order to move the state's primary from June 2 to July 7 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Murphy said the extra time will give officials a chance to evaluate whether the state needs to go to an all-mail election, which he noted has never been done before.

While the Democratic Primary for president effectively ended Wednesday when Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign, New Jersey also has a Senate race to decide. Cory Booker, himself a former candidate for president, is running for a second 6-year term. Booker faces three relatively little-known primary challengers, while current four candidates are lined up to try and win the Republican nomination to face him.

As of Wednesday, 47,437 people have contracted and 1,504 people have died from the coronavirus.