On July 28, attorneys for New Jersey filed this brief in Balsam v Guadagno, U.S. District Court, 14-1388. The lawsuit was filed by some voters who argue that states cannot pay for partisan primaries. The state brief says the plaintiffs don’t have standing, and that even if they did, nothing in the U.S. Constitution prevents states from paying for partisan primaries. The state’s brief doesn’t deal with the point that, arguably, the New Jersey Constitution prohibits taxpayer money from being used for partisan primaries. But, a comprehensive case based on that point would be better off being filed in state court in any event.