TRENTON — A state Senate committee has advanced a bill to move New Jersey's presidential primary election back to June. The bill was released Thursday by the State Government Committee and now heads to the full Senate.

In 2008, New Jersey held its presidential primary in February, hoping for more influence over presidential politics. But a number of other states had the same idea, and New Jersey wound up sharing the spotlight with 24 other states.

The regular primary election for state offices is held in June, and the bill calls for the presidential primary to be held on the same date.

State officials estimate the change would save $8 million to $10 million every four years. The state Assembly has approved a slightly different version of the bill.

- AP