A lawsuit against the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization over its nomination process in the 40th legislative district has been dismissed, according to the organization’s chairman, John Traier.
Brought by PCRRO committeeman Will Connolly, the suit had challenged the nominations of incumbent Assemblymen Scott Rumana and Dave Russo (R-40) to run on the party’s line in the North Jersey district. Connolly objected, saying that Assembly candidate John Capo should have received the nomination instead of Russo.
Political observers had speculated that Connolly was operating with the help of old Rumana nemesis Peter Murphy, who is said to be backing off-the-line slates in other parts of the district.
“For the good of the party and our candidates, a settlement in this matter has been reached. We can now focus on the important work we need to do as an organization to be successful in November,” said Traier.
The dismissal will allow the PCRRO to form its 2015 county-wide ticket running under the organization slogan for the June 2 Primary Election later this week, Traier said. The slate and the slogan the candidates are running under must be filed with the county clerk by Thursday.
Connolly, in his own statement on the settlement, sounded off.
“While I cherish my vote and still believe it should have been counted, the good of the party comes first for me. I discovered that Scott Rumana was the problem all along, threatening to run candidates against the party if he didn’t get his way. Joe Cupoli, Joan Walsh, and Sami Merhi are great candidates, and I couldn’t let Scott Rumana use me to hurt them. I thank John Traier for standing up to Scott Rumana’s bullying,” Connolly said.