ELEC still holding up matching funds for Lonegan

The Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has still not paid out gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan’s March 24 submission for matching funds.

Fred Hermann, the Executive Director of ELEC, said yesterday that he could not say whether ELEC was holding up the funds, but that a record of the payment would appear on the commission’s Web site at 10 a.m. the day after the funds were dispersed.

No record was available on the Web site as of 11 a.m. today. Lonegan rival Chris Christie, who is the only other candidate participating in the state’s public financing program, had his March 24 submission matched on March 31.

Both candidates also filed for another round of matching funds on April 7, which ELEC has not yet been processed.

Lonegan strategist Rick Shaftan, who expected the funds to be paid out yesterday, acknowledged that his campaign did not receive a check from ELEC.

Shaftan speculated that the commission is probably holding the funds pending the outcome of a telephone conference of ELEC's commissioners about an "urgent matter of importance and of concern to the public interest about the 2009 primary election Gubernatorial Public Financing Program" scheduled for today at 2 p.m.

“Nobody’s been asked to come down to Trenton. There are all kinds of issues that have come up,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything to it. We’re not really concerned.” ELEC still holding up matching funds for Lonegan