There is an election law that NJ County Clerks know all too well. That if the Democratic and Republican Party can’t get at least 10% of their registered voters to the polls in the Primary, they can not be listed as a primary party and get the far left hand side or the top part of the ballots Line 1 and Line 2 automatically. Since there are a number of different parties running in the General election in November, 2014, for the first time in a long time, Any of the candidates have the legal right to be in the first column. Now comes the tricky part. All 21 County Clerks were named and sued in a case in 2013 that that Democratic-Republican Party candidate Eugene Martin LaVergne of Long Branch, NJ brought with 5 other independent candidates. That suit requested that in the Special Election for Senate, that because Steve Lonegans GOP party didn’t get 10% of their registered voters to the polls in 2013, that Steve was not automatically be entitled to the 2nd column and could most certainly not be in the 1st column by law!
All 21 County Clerks know this law. It is their job to know this law. In 2013, the County Clerks all were charged with breaking election laws and were found guilty when Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson found for the plaintiffs and found against all the defendants in the case. The Defendents included Governor Chris Christie, Lt. Govenor Kim Guadagno, The Board of Elections and 21 County Clerks. All lost this case and were ordered to pay expenses. Sadly, the Judge didn’t take the additional step of filing ethics charges against any of the elected officials and political appointees. That case has been forwarded to the Attorney General of the United States and the US Senate for possibly criminal prosecution. All of the above could have appealed the case that they lost but it’s tough to appeal when you are caught dead to rights breaking election laws, and the judge ordered them to pay expenses and pray and hope this issue never comes up and goes away and that you don’t go to jail over it or wind up in the Pine Barrens for talking to the Feds as a witness. (Special note, our condolences and prayers to the family of Retired Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall)
Why would County Clerks even think that or imagine that its ok to break elections laws to create a ballot that puts the Democratic and Republican Party on the 1st and 2nd lines of the Ballot when they are not allowed to have it? Because for the 3rd year in a row, Lt.
Governor Kim Guadagno signed off that the parties crossed the 10% threshold when she had to know they didn’t. A simple count of the voting records shows no one reached 9%, much less 10%. There can be no misunderstanding here. 5+3 doesn’t equal 10% except in the mind of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Who ordered Lt. Governor Guadagno to sign that election result that she had to know was wrong? We’ll leave that the to Attorney General investigating our Governor for the Port Authority Bond issues. The Democratic-Republican Party of NJ candidates are standing up for the laws of our country and state and we expect our elected officials and political appointees to do the same.
What is right will never change. Who is wrong can be changed.
Scott Neuman – Congressional Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th CD NJ