A Superior Court judge today issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting progressive leader Sue Altman from using the “Camden County Democrat Committee, Inc.” slogan on the 2020 primary election ballot.
Judge Kurt Kramer has scheduled a final hearing for April 8.
Altman filed incorporation papers with the state that giving her control of the “Camden County Democrat Committee, Inc.” slogan.
The Camden Democratic slogan lapsed last year and Altman, the nemesis of Democratic powerbroker George Norcross, filed papers with the New Jersey Secretary of State to incorporate the Camden Democratic machine’s ballot slogan.
Now Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa and Secretary of State Tahesha Way must wait until next week before certifying any slogans for the June primary.
The Camden County Democratic organization and a slate of progressive candidates for freeholder and congressional candidate Amy Kennedy all filed under the same slogan.
“The machine has long played ballot games with phantom candidates and attempts at look-alike slogans,” Altman said. “This shows the machine does recognize the inherent advantage of slogans. They said without it, they would suffer irreparable harm.”
William Tambussi, an attorney for the Camden County Democrats, said that Altman “misappropriated” the party slogan and the process they used was “flawed and inaccurate.”
“The slogan has been in use by the Camden County Democratic Committee since 1999 as the identification of candidates endorsed by the Committee in the primary and general elections each and every year,” Tambussi said. “Steps are being taken to ensure that it will continue.”
According to Tambussi, the revocation of the Camden County Democrat Committee, Inc. slogan by the state was a mistake.
” The error is clearly evident by the attached record downloaded today from the Division’s website showing that the Division identifies the address to which the requests for annual reports are to be delivered as “not deliverable” which is demonstrably false,” Tambussi said. “No notice of revocation, as required by law to be sent by certified mail, was delivered.”
The “take their slogan” move was originated in 1996 by then-Assemblyman Kevin J. O’Toole when he incorporated the Essex County GOP slogan that allowed him to seize control of the county Republican organization from longtime chairman John Renna
While working on Jim Florio’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2000, Democratic strategist Steve Ayscue employed a similar strategy when he incorporated the slogans of several North Jersey Democratic organizations backing Jon Corzine in the primary.
A Superior Court Judge ruled that the move was too clever by a half, the New York Times reported.Secretary of State_4.2.20_re TRO issued by Judge Kramer