Michelle Verno, a local GOP attorney and candidate for county clerk, is currently ineligible to practice law, according to a court order issued by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Democrats pounced on the decision, arguing that it raises “numerous questions” about Verno’s authority to serve as Hamilton Township Prosecutor and her qualifications for serving as county clerk.
“Ms. Verno’s delinquency in keeping her law license demonstrates her carelessness in even simple, yet extremely important, recordkeeping and calls into question her ability to run the county clerk’s office and keep appropriate records entrusted upon her by the residents of Atlantic County,” said Mary Slomine, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic County Democratic Coordinated Campaign.
“IT IS ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 1:28-2(a), each attorney whose name appears on the attached Ineligible List shall be ineligible to engage in the practice of law in New Jersey, effective September 26, 2011,” reads the court order, listing Verno, whose law office is Suite 102, 3120 Fire Road, Northfield, NJ 08225, among the ineligible list.
“Ms. Verno’s campaign for county clerk has been nothing but mistruths and mudslinging against our honest and excellent county clerk Ed McGettigan,” said Mary Slomine, “Now, we find out, Ms. Verno has violated the law and not made proper filings with the state. The fact is that the only individual to be found of wrongdoing is Michelle Verno.”