Hours after a judge tossed her off the ballot for filing fraudulent petitions, Lisa McCormick has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for governor as a write-in candidate.
“Without expert testimony, without providing me a chance to look at the allegations, and without my ability to participate in the hearing due to other issues in my life, a decision was made to deny voters a choice on the ballot in the Democratic primary,” said McCormick, who was a no-show and non-respondent at a four-hour court hearing on Monday. “In New Jersey is the only consequential election due to an overwhelming partisan advantage in registration.”
The shadowy perennial candidate has accused Gov. Phil Murphy of using the “invalidation of my petition to make me look bad.”
“I have been seeking some other progressive Democrat to take on this challenge for a long time, but I filed petitions because I could not find anyone willing to take on the task,” McCormick said. “Unfortunately, my name will not be on the ballot but that won’t distract me from speaking out.”
The New Jersey Democratic State Committee and others, including State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union), have called on law enforcement to review the petitions Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Rabin found to be fake to see if any criminal charges are warranted.
“I am surprised that they are so afraid of someone who won’t raise money and only is armed only with the truth, but the people still have a chance to write in my name on June 8,” McCormick said.