Lawyers in New Jersey, the state known for its liberal politics, are being asked to make the transition from New York’s liberal Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
The New York Daily News reported on Friday that attorneys in the state are being encouraged to register with the Republican National Committee, where they will be required to vote in the primary election on April 25, 2018.
It will not be a partisan vote, and attorneys will be able to vote only for Republicans and for Democratic candidates, but not vice versa, according to the report.
If they do register, they can still change their affiliation by filing a party registration application.
The Associated Press did not have a chance to speak to any lawyers in the New York office about the changes.
But several attorneys in New England did, saying the changes will affect the ability to represent clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The move has been met with some criticism.
I’m not sure this is a good idea, said Richard Neely, a lawyer who is based in Connecticut.
But he said he plans to vote for Republicans in the general election and not Democrats, which is the case with other attorneys in his area.
Neely said he’s not averse to a change, and he is not opposed to the GOP.
But he said if they want to be part of the system, they need to be more responsive to the needs of the people.
We have to get a handle on this, he said.
The New Jersey Association of Attorneys said in a statement it’s committed to representing the interests of New Jersey’s attorneys, which include the law profession, the public and communities of color.
New Jersey, which has the fifth-highest percentage of lawyers per capita in the country, is among the most conservative states in the nation, with a median household income of $56,300.
But the number of lawyers in New Hampshires is steadily rising as the population has grown and New York has become a center for medical research and other industries.