A Superior Court Judge will hear arguments for a temporary restraining order to stop tonight’s election for Mercer County Democratic Chairman at 3 PM.
The election between incumbent Janice Mironov and challenger David Schroth is scheduled for 6 PM this evening.
Angelo Genova, an attorney for two Ewing Democratic county committee members supporting Schroth, filed a lawsuit late Monday seeking to halt the vote.
Genova says that the change from in-person voting to a “tele-townhall” system violates the county Democratic by-laws. He also said the election should have been held on July 14 and the change in date also necessitates a rule change.
Mironov has said she was bound be state regulation: Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order delaying party leadership elections until after the certification of the primary election.
“In actuality she relies on unconstitutional authority in support of the complete abrogation of her duty,” Genova said. “Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 164 is of no consequence.”
Genova states in a brief that Murphy’s executive order “attempts to regulate and set a new date for the reorganization meetings for county party committees, those portions of EO-164 are unconstitutional.”
“The Governor does not have the authority to regulate the internal affairs of a political party,” Genova said.
Genova’s firm, Genova Burns, also represents the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, of which Murphy is the titular head.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson, the assignment judge, will here to arguments via telephone or Zoom, since courts are closed for in-person proceedings.
Mironov, the longtime East Windsor mayor, is seeking her second term as county chair. Schroth is a Ewing councilman.
Daniel Antonelli and Jarrid Kantor are representing Mironov.