In a “Hurley in the Morning” exclusive, we have learned and confirmed that New Jersey Superior Court Assignment Judge Julio Mendez has called for a special conference in his chambers for this Monday.

The committees for and against the ballot question and their legal counsel will attend the conference.

This is regarding the presently scheduled Tuesday, March 31st, special election in Atlantic City.

There is an approved ballot question that will allow the citizen voters of Atlantic City to decide if they want to keep the current partisan mayor/council form of government or switch to a non-partisan council/manager format.

My sources have shared that they believe that Judge Mendez is preparing to recommend that both sides agree to postpone the special election to a later date out of respect for the many challenges presented by the current coronavirus pandemic.

UNITE-HERE Local 54 President Bob McDevitt is the chairman of the citizen’s committee in favor of the new form of government.

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt, and vote-by-mail king Craig Callaway are actively leading a public effort to oppose the change of government.

I’m all but convinced that the election will be postponed. It’s perfectly reasonable under the current medical crisis.

It’s hard to say at this time which side benefits from a delay.

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