Governor Campaign Manager Bill Pascoe issued the following statement today in
response to today’s rulings related to the effort by Republican Party bosses
to manipulate the election process:
right of the voters to choose their candidates in free and fair elections is a
fundamental underpinning of the American democratic tradition. We filed suit yesterday in Trenton to defend that right,
which was abrogated earlier this week by the unconstitutional actions of the New
Jersey legislature, acting at the behest of Party bosses.
We will use every resources at our disposal to carry this fight through
to its conclusion – which we are confident will be a victory for the
people’s right to choose.
Judge Feinberg denied our request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
enjoining Don DiFrancesco’s Committee on Vacancies from submitting a
certificate of nomination for Bob Franks, and denied our request for a TRO to
prohibit the Secretary of State and the 21 County Clerks from accepting such a
certificate. However, Judge
Feinberg did NOT rule on the merits of the case itself.
She set a hearing date for next Friday, May 4. At that time, we will present our case.
hold firm to our belief that the Legislature should not be allowed to pass laws
changing the rules of an election that is already in progress.
decision by ELEC to allow the DiFrancesco campaign to transfer campaign funds to
Bob Franks is an outrageous abuse of our campaign financing system. Voters who
contributed money to one candidate now may feel pressure to allow that money to
be transferred to another candidate whether they support the new candidate or
find it more than a little hypocritical that a guy best known for almost beating
a candidate who was attempting to buy a Senate seat is now trying to game the
system to grab millions of dollars in taxpayer money for his last minute
“Our campaign remains hopeful that we will succeed in court on the merits of this lawsuit next Friday, so that we can put a stop to this shameful manipulation of the electoral process. A ruling in our favor would restore integrity to this election and would also send a clear signal that machine politics cannot succeed in New Jersey.”
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