New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will seek a court order to remove George Gilmore from the Ocean County Board of Elections following his conviction on three felony counts yesterday.
“The Attorney General’s Office will be pursuing the forfeiture of all public positions held by Mr. Gilmore,” Sharon Lauchiere, a spokesperson for Grewal, told the New Jersey Globe.
New Jersey law provides for the forfeiture of “any public office, position, or employment, elective or appointive” for officials convicted of “an offense involving dishonesty.”
The state will move to get rid of Gilmore, the longtime Ocean County Republican chairman, before he counts votes in the June 4 primary election.
It’s not immediately clear whether the state’s motion will also demand Gilmore’s removal as counsel to several government entities where his law firm, Gilmore & Monahan, is the attorney of record.
A federal court jury convicted Gilmore of two counts of failing to pay IRS payroll taxes withheld from the firm’s employees and one count of making a false statement on a bank loan application. He was acquitted on two counts that he filed false tax returns. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on income tax evasion charges.
Ocean County Democratic chairman Wyatt Earp called on Gilmore to design his election board post on Wednesday, hours after his conviction was announced. Among Gilmore’s responsibility in that role is to count vote-by-mail and provisional ballots and make certain decisions regarding the acceptance or rejection of challenged ballots.
Kevin Marino, Gilmore’s attorney, did not immediately respond to a 3:17 PM e-mail asking if the powerful Republican leader planned to contests Grewal’s move to force the forfeiture of his public positions.
Marino said yesterday that Gilmore would appeal and had no plans to resign his party post, according to a POLITICO report.
It is also unclear whether the state and the court will view a county chairman as a public official.