Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign is demanding an immediate probe into claims that a Democratic primary opponent, Lisa McCormick, filed fake nominating petitions to get on the June ballot.
“The allegations against Ms. McCormick are serious and must be fully investigated,” said Jerrel Harvey, a spokesman for the Murphy campaign. “Holding public office requires trust, and these credible allegations of fraud in Ms. McCormick’s petitions that were outlined today violate the trust that New Jerseyans have placed in our democratic processes.”
A challenge to petitions filed by McCormick, a shadowy perennial candidate, was filed today by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
The state party’s counsel, Raj Parikh, alleged that they have evidence that voters McCormick claims signed her petition electronically denied doing so. In one case, the petition signer died in January at age 97.
“If proven to be true, anyone involved should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Harvey said.
A spokesperson for the Administrative Office of the Courts told the New Jersey Globe that petition challenges will be heard on Monday and Tuesday.