New Jersey judge removes ‘county line’ from Democratic primary ballots but leaves GOP decision open

Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) scored a win in his lawsuit against New Jersey county clerks who use the “county line” in their ballots, but U.S. District Judge Zahid Quraishi’s preliminary injunction will only affect the Democratic primary despite both parties having used the county line.

Quraishi issued a clarifying statement and said only the Democratic primary will use the new ballot, which includes the race to unseat indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who said he may run as an independent. Kim, who is running to replace Menendez, originally filed the lawsuit when New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy was in the race.

“The Court’s order is therefore limited to the 2024 Democratic Primary Election only, and this Court declines to extend the scope of its decision beyond the limitations of the present litigation,” Quraishi
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