Cresitello hit with fine

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Former Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello has been slapped with a fine by state election officials for late filing of campaign finance reports during his 2005 run for mayor.

Cresitello, who has twice run for U.S. Senate and lost, won that election and served until he lost a primary challenge in 2009 to current Mayor Tim Dougherty.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission initially fined Cresitello $14,225 but reduced the fine to $11,375 for the violations, which include failure to refund an excessive contribution within the required time frame.

Cresitello entered into a consent order with ELEC, which stipulates that he neither confirms nor denies violations.

Cresitello’s term as mayor was a stormy one as many residents complained about the building boom instituted by the former mayor.  He made headlines with during his tenure with his attempts to crack down on illegal immigrants in the township by asking the federal government to deputize his police officers as immigration officers.

Cresitello hit with fine