New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha way has referred fraudulent nominating petitions filed by former gubernatorial candidate Lisa McCormick to the state attorney general for a possible criminal investigation.
“Given the allegations of fraud and violations of criminal law asserted in the challenge to the petition, I hereby order the director of the Division of Elections to refer this matter … to the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice for investigation into the fraud allegations, as well as the allegation of a violation of … criminal law,” Way said in her order.
Time is of the essence for Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to act, since much of the evidence in this case is in the possession of either McCormick or her controversial life partner, James Devine.
If Grewal takes too long to act, the shadowy perennial candidate or Devine might have the opportunity to destroy evidence.
Steven Barnes, a spokesman for the attorney general, declined to comment on whether preservation of documents and technology related to the finding of fraudulent petitions filed by the shadowy perennial candidate must be taken immediately.
On Tuesday, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Rabin found that none of the 1,951 signatures submitted by McCormick were valid.
A lawyer for the Democratic State Committee, Raj Parikh, alleged that McCormick’s petition was the result of a mail-merge of an old voter data base and produced several witnesses who testified that they never signed the petitions even though their names appear as signatories.
Some witnesses testified that they did not sign the McCormick petition, even though they were listed as signatories. In some instances, signers were deceased, or spelled their own names incorrectly.
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