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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Attorney General confirms Singh cease and desist letter, report says

Senate candidate warned mailer telling voters who already cast ballot to request another violated state, federal law

By Nikita Biryukov, July 02 2020 10:21 am

The Attorney General’s Office on Thursday confirmed the authenticity of a cease and desist letter ordering Senate candidate Hirsh Singh to stop sending a mailer asking voters who voted for a primary rival to vote again, according to More Monmouth Musings.

Singh on Wednesday suggested the letter “may have been the work of a rogue employee who wanted to generate publicity for Singh’s opponent.”

Since last week, Singh has faced fire from Republican officials over the mailer, which asked voters who had “been hoodwinked into voting for Rik Mehta” to request a duplicate ballot and vote again.

The mailer led to calls for his resignation from Camden County Chairman Rich Ambrosino, Essex County Chairman Al Barlas, Middlesex County Chairwoman Lucille Panos, Gloucester County Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante, Hunterdon County Chairman Pat Torpey, Salem County Chairwoman Linda DuBois and Burlington County Chairman Sean Earlen.

It also led to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s letter, which warned Singh that the mailer violated state and federal election law, which bar advising voters to cast multiple ballots.

Singh’s questioning of the letter was accompanied by attacks on the Republican county chairs, from whom Singh said he would accept an apology.

But they’re not saying sorry.

“Accusing county parties of rigging their endorsement process didn’t win Singh many friends.” Ambrosino said. “Accusing a former governor and one of his opponents in he Senate race of being opiate peddlers was moronic. Topping that off by sending a letter encouraging folks to vote twice and including an endorsement that was rescinded in the same mailing was a stupid lie and the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

This article was updated with comment from Ambrosino at 10:37 a.m.

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