New Jersey’s beauty contest could prompt a credentials fight in Minneapolis

While John McCain is now the favorite to win New Jersey’s February 5 winner-take-all GOP primary, supporters of Mitt Romney believe New Jersey could still be in play in June — if the Republicans have not yet selected a presidential nominee.

New Jersey Republicans are not electing delegates next week; delegates will run in the June 3 primary, and according to state party rules, are obligated to vote for the winner of the February 5 primary on the first three ballots.

But a key Romney backer in New Jersey notes that Romney could still file a slate of delegates to run in the June 3 GOP primary. That could create the possibility of a legal challenge to the New Jersey winner-take-all plan, since the Romney supporter says Republican National Committee rules don’t recognize the binding of delegates. New Jersey’s beauty contest could prompt a credentials fight in Minneapolis