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State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

Cryan wants law enforcement to probe McCormick petitions

Senator: ‘McCormick and Devine are among the worst our state has to offer, and they have been for years’

By David Wildstein, April 09 2021 6:00 pm

Following allegations that shadowy gubernatorial candidate Lisa McCormick submitted fraudulent petitions to get on the Democratic primary ballot, State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) wants law enforcement to launch an immediate investigation.

“Lisa McCormick and James Devine have consistently proven themselves to be frauds willing to flout the system at every turn,” Cryan said.  “McCormick and Devine are among the worst our state has to offer, and they have been for years.”

McCormick, a shadowy perennial candidate, and Devine, her life partner who also has a history of as a political trickster, are accused by the Democratic State Committee of electronically signing names to her nominating petition without the consent of the signatories.

“They will say or do anything to advance their fraudulent agenda at the expense of New Jersey voters and it is long past time for law enforcement to take action, Cryan said.

Cryan, a former Democratic State Chairman, accused McCormick and Devine of falsifying signatures concurrent with the state’s passage of legislation top expand voting right.

“This comes after they have repeatedly refused to disclose campaign contributions or distributions and attempted to steal an election last year by using their opponent’s name and campaign logo to send false claims from a domain name meant to deceive voters,” Cryan said.

Cryan is referring to McCormick’s failure to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission during her 2018 U.S. Senate bid and her 2020 run for Congress.

“McCormick and Devine continue to ignore the law and show a complete disregard for voters without any repercussions,” the senator said.  “They need to be stopped once and for all and it is clear the only way that will happen is through the intervention of law enforcement. The integrity of our voting system deserves nothing less.”

McCormick filed this week as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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