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.