From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
New Hampshire voters now have something else to thankful for tomorrow -- the primary date has been set.
Secretary of State Bill Gardner has just announced that the first in the nation primary will be held on Jan. 8. In prepared remarks released to NBC/NJ and then made at press conference, Gardner said:
"On the eve of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American tradition, I am pleased to announce that another unique and important American tradition will endure," Gardner said. "New Hampshire has held the first presidential primary in the nation since 1920. The tradition has served our nation well as decades of candidates and presidents have said."
"Under the authority given to me by New Hampshire law, today I am setting Jan. 8 as the date of the New Hampshire primary."