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The headquarters of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission in Trenton. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Senate Republicans may push for ELEC vacancy to be filled

By Joey Fox, January 31 2022 11:32 am

With one of the two Republican seats on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) remaining vacant for more than four years, Senate Minority Leader Steven Oroho (R-Franklin) said today that his caucus will work to fill that seat this term.

“Yes, it is something that we want to [address],” Oroho said. “The idea of a Republican seat being open – it’s there, statutorily, for a reason. We will be engaged in that.”

The board, which enforces the state’s campaign finance laws and releases reports on political fundraising, hasn’t had its full complement of four members since 2011. The current members are Republican Eric Jaso, who also serves as chair, and Democrats Stephen Holden and Marguerite Simon; the second Republican seat, formerly held by Ronald DeFilippis, has been vacant since July 2017.

But Gov. Phil Murphy has made it apparent that filling the seat, which has been empty for his entire term, is not a top priority. He said last week that he had “no news to make” about the ELEC board, an answer he has essentially been repeating for nearly a year.

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