It’s been a tough week for embattled Middlesex County Clerk Nancy Pinkin, who returned from an ill-timed junket to Ireland and cancelled the primary election ballot draw last Thursday, only to be ordered by a Superior Court judge to conduct one today.
Pinkin was unable to do what county clerks have done for generations: coincidentally draw the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, of which she is a member, for the top ballot position.
She drew Column A for a rival “Democrats for Transparency and Fairness” slate that included two county commissioner candidates and three off-the-line contenders for seats on the Piscataway Township Council. The organization slate, with Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), will run on Column B.
But Pinkin came through for the Middlesex GOP organization, drawing a countywide slate headed by Republican congressional candidates Sue Kiley and Darius Mayfield in Column A.
The ”America First Republican” slate led by 6th district House candidate Rik Mehta will be in Column B, and another NJ-6 Republican, Thomas Toomey, will be in Column C. Mehta’s ticket includes three county commissioner candidates.
Judge Michael Toto found that Pinkin was wrong to reject a drawing between the two slates because they were not complete and did not have a candidate for sheriff.
Yael Bromberg, a lawyer for the Piscataway slate, argued that the law permitted any ticket including at least two county commissioner candidates to be on equal footing in a ballot draw.