The New Jersey Moderate Party, which sought to run Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) as their candidate in order to let the two-term congressman’s name appears twice on the general election ballot, was funded by national Democrats, records show.
The House Majority PAC, which is allied with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has donated $500,000 to the Moderate Party.
With great fanfare, the fledgling political club was founded by two former GOP mayors from Hunterdon County with a pledge to challenge New Jersey’s century-old ban on fusion voting.
But New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, a Democrat, refused to go along with the plan and tossed the party’s petitions.
“This confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt everything the NJGOP has been saying about the so-called Moderate Party from the beginning: it is an illegal, Democrat-funded scam designed to deceive voters,” said Tom Szymanski, the executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.
The group, headed by former East Amwell Mayor Rick Wolfe, had promised an aggressive court challenge. Instead, they waited more than a month and asked Way to reconsider. She turned them down. The lawsuit was not filed as an emergent matter and no court date has been set.
“No amount of dirty tricks or dirty money from Nancy Pelosi will save Democrats the fate that awaits them at the polls on November 8,” Szymanski said.
The group has spent just $48,000, records show.