Three candidates in competitive primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives have missed the deadline to file personal financial disclosure reports.
Republican Hirsh Singh and Democrat Tanzie Youngblood in the 2nd district and Republican John McCann in the 5th district are more than a week late. Federal law requires the disclosures to be submitted at least 30 days before the June 5 primary.
“I’m trying to get it done soon,” Singh said. “Haven’t had a chance yet.”
Youngblood became a candidate last July and should have filed around October 2017 when she hit the threshold of $5,000 raised. Her campaign did not respond to a request for comment made at 2:59 PM.
Mike Muller, a spokesman for Democratic candidate Jeff Van Drew, says that filing a financial disclosure “is not an option, but a legal requirement.” He said that Van Drew, a longtime State Senator, takes compliance and transparency seriously.
“Any candidate that seeks the privilege to serve in the United States House of Representatives must take public disclosure seriously, and any candidate failing to comply with federal law basically is disqualifying the merits of their own candidacy,” Muller said. “We would hope that all candidates would immediately comply with the law, and especially a serial candidate such as Hirsch Singh, who should know these fundamental requirements after having already been rejected by the voters statewide and dropped out of another race several months ago.”
McCann, an attorney, filed to run against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) last year. He did not respond to a request for comment made at 3:50 PM.
“This is an irresponsible and reckless move by somebody who was sued for malpractice, doesn’t pay his bills and worked for the Democrat sheriff in Bergen County,” said Lonegan campaign manager Mike Proto. “We’re not surprised.”