ELEC holding ‘urgent’ meeting on Tuesday

The state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) will have a meeting by telephone on Tuesday afternoon to discuss an “urgent matter of importance” concerning the gubernatorial primary.

The commission gave notice of its meeting in a press release yesterday evening, but did not specify what would be discussed.

The commission used the exact same phrase – “an urgent matter of importance and of concern to the public interest about the 2009 gubernatorial election” – regarding its meeting last month about whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan should be disqualified from receiving matching funds because he failed to disclose his former status as a Lobbyist for the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity. Ultimately, ELEC decided to take no action against Lonegan.

Only two candidates for governor are taking public campaign funds from ELEC: Lonegan and former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

Lonegan strategist Rick Shaftan and Christie Campaign Manager Bill Stepien both said that they did not know anything about the meeting.

ELEC holding ‘urgent’ meeting on Tuesday