A top Republican election official in Passaic County who serves on the board that counts votes was caught on camera this past weekend pulling down Democratic campaign signs.
Video obtained by the New Jersey Globe shows Tim Troast, a member of the county board of elections who also serves as the Pompton Lakes GOP municipal chairman, removing signs for Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, County Commissioner Pat Lepore, and County Commissioner Terry Duffy and loading them into his car. Law enforcement is reportedly aware of Troast’s actions.
The Passaic County GOP declined to comment.
As a member of the board of elections, Troast is responsible for hiring election workers and counting mail-in and provisional ballots, among other responsibilities.
Passaic County Republicans flipped a county commissioner seat last year and came close to winning a number of other offices. This year, the party is running an all-law enforcement ticket to build on those gains: Paterson police lieutenant Mason Maher III for sheriff and Paterson PBA president Alex Cruz and former Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald for county commissioner.
Thanks to the cities of Paterson and Passaic, Passaic County leans Democratic, but conservative suburbs like Pompton Lakes keep the county winnable for Republicans.