The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission entered executive session to deliberate whether to approve public financing for Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo, whose initial application was denied because it was filed late and lacked information about how the Hudson County pastor intended to spend the funds.
John Carbone, an attorney for Rizzo’s campaign, argued ELEC should approve the fund match because the statute governing the state’s public financing program is to be liberally construed.
He said the campaign raised the $490,000 needed to qualify before the April 5 deadline and has submitted documents detailing its spending plans to the commission.
There may be errors with those plans, but they can be amended after the fund match is approved, Carbone said.
The commission is expected to vote publicly after the conclusion of their executive session.