Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), who endured unsubstantiated attacks by shadowy perennial candidate Lisa McCormick in 2020, wants the state attorney general to probe the circumstances behind fraudulent petitions in this year’s race for governor.
“The lack of consequences for questionable tactics including a website that stole my identity and failing to file any required FEC reports only encourages these immoral candidates to escalate their apparent crimes,” Watson Coleman said.
New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way referred the findings of Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Rabin to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Wednesday morning, a move that won praise from the four-term congresswoman.
During the 2020 congressional primary in New Jersey’s 12th district, McCormick allegedly sent emails using the congresswoman’s campaign letter head in an attempt to trick voters into believing that Watson Coleman, one of the most progressive member of the state’s House delegation, backed President Donald Trump.
Watson Coleman asked authorities to investigate the fake emails after one trafficked anti-Semitic tropes in an attempt to smear her. She also called out McCormick for sending out an email using the congresswoman’s campaign logo and showing the sender at BWC Updates in an attempt to make it look like it was the incumbent’ press release.
Raj Parikh, an attorney for Watson Coleman’s campaign, told McCormick and her controversial life partner, Jim Devine, to preserve documents related to her campaign.
State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) told Grewal earlier that he should launch his probe ‘today.’