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COVID-19 changing ways political candidates campaign ahead of July 7 primary

New Jersey will hold its primary election on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jul 7, 2020, 3:08 AM

Updated 1,471 days ago

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New Jersey will hold its primary election on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Voting will be done mostly by absentee ballot, although in-person voting will still be allowed. But the pandemic is changing the way that some of the candidates are making the rounds for their last push before the election.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer is up for re-election. It is not often that a two-term congressman has to think about when he will know if he has won.
“My sense is we’ll have some vote counting on absentee tomorrow,” he says.
Gottheimer spent Monday evening campaigning at the New Milford firehouse, where federal grand money helped to pay for a new firetruck.
Meanwhile, Gottheimer’s progressive, Bernie Sanders-backed challenger, Arati Kreibich, mobilized volunteers for a last-minute, no-contact flier delivery. But she says that much of the work was done through social media and over the phone.
“We have made over 550,000 calls so far. We’ve made 400,000 texts,” Kreibich says.
Kreibich is trying to go from the Glen Rock town council to the United States Congress. She says that the virus has played a role in her campaigning.
“It’s a bit different. We can’t go door to door, knocking on door to door and having the conversations,” she says.
Gottheimer says that he has been doing with this too – unable to go and meet with constituents.
“Everyone’s used to waiting on a big day and going out and voting and it’s a little different. But I think the message is out there,” he says.
State officials say that Tuesday’s primary could be a preview of how the November presidential election will be held in New Jersey.


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