NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey can continue to use its primary system to pick political candidates.
A federal judge turned down a lawsuit led by a group of independent voters who challenged rules that only allow registered voters of a particular party to participate.
The judge cited a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting the political party system.
The groups had argued the system prevents the participation of nearly half of the state’s 2.6 million registered voters who are not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties.
Lawyer Harry Kresky tells The Star-Ledger of Newark (http://bit.ly/1rk16a8 ) his clients tried to raise the constitutional issue of whether New Jersey can fund and administer a primary system that only allows party members to participate.
Kresky says they’re deciding whether to appeal.