Move over, Amazing Race. Morris County has the Never Ending Race.
A judge in Morristown went too far last month by overturning Republican William “Hank” Lyon‘s six-vote victory in the June primary, according to the state appellate division, which will allow the state Election Law Enforcement Commission to intervene in the matter.
Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom became the winner last month after state Superior Court Assigment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck ruled that Hank had violated campaign finance laws.
But the Commission argued that such disputes fall within its jurisdiction:
“The lower Court’s ruling has the strong potential to negatively affect the Commission’s legislative mandate of primary jurisdiction, resulting in the public’s and the regulated community’s inability to rely upon the Commission’s uniform administration of the Campaign Reporting Act,’’ said the motion filed for the Commission.
If Judge Weisenbeck’s ruling had been upheld, ELEC contended, candidates and committees would have been subjected “to inconsistent application of the Campaign Reporting Act in enforcement actions dependent upon the forum where the matter is adjudicated.’’
ELEC is stepping in to exercise its legal authority, but it’s not taking sides in the case, according to a statement from the Commission’s executive director, Jeff Brindle.