The New Jersey Assembly has passed legislation to extend the state's Clean Elections pilot program, with some modifications. The effort to expand the pilot program is excellent - hopefully down the road some consideration will be given to extending the Clean Elections program to cover primaries.
Particularly in districts which are overwhelming Democratic or Republican, primaries are where the real competition takes place, but many remain uncontested in part because of incumbent dominance in the fundraising chase. For Clean Elections to give otherwise disadvantaged candidates a better chance to be competitive, it should apply to primary elections as well.
Now that the extension bill has passed the Assembly, it heads to the Senate which hasn't introduced a companion bill. It's good to see the state moving to keep the pilot project going!