EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a copy of a letter to the Cape May County League of Women Voters for their candidates’ event on Oct. 11:
I’d like to thank the League for allowing this short statement about my candidacy.
Last spring I relocated from New Jersey to Florida to be near my 90-year-old father, but I also collected signatures to file and run for Congress here. Any person who’s a U.S. citizen and at least 25 years of age can run for United States House of Representatives, and there’s absolutely no requirement they live in the state they’re a candidate in.
The reason I filed to run was so I’d have standing in court to sue over the grossly unfair construction of the New Jersey election ballot. If I prevail, a judge will order our state legislature to make the appropriate changes to NJ Title 19 election law so it conforms to the basic election ballot layout of every state in the Union, save us.
The bone of contention is this: New Jersey’s election ballot uses columns, and “brackets” together party endorsed candidates for varying office using a common slogan. In the primary it could read “Cape May County Regular Democrat (or Republican) Inc.”
I know from firsthand experience in the primary, if a non-machine candidate is proving disruptive to the “machine,” robo calls are sent the night before asking the few who vote, the same ones who are well known to the machine by virtue of the voting rolls, to vote the “column,” in effect, running a finger straight down a line of party endorsed candidates.
A recent Stockton poll indicates a tightening race between Democrat Bill Hughes Jr. and the incumbent Republican, Mr. LoBiondo. What’s interesting about these two, as it relates to my lawsuit is, separate polling for the U.S. Senate has the Democrat Corey Booker with a very large 15 percentage point lead over Republican Jeff Bell.
The way the New Jersey ballot is structured, Corey Booker directly above Bill Hughes, Booker can provide Bill Hughes an extra 2 or 3 percent coattail effect and might provide Mr. Hughes with a margin of victory.
On the Florida ballot, and every other ballot in the United States, the candidates for separate office compete against each other in a separate box or mini ballot, separated from other offices on the ballot.
Perhaps this is why Gov. Christie ordered a special election for U.S. Senate last year, two weeks before the November election for governor, costing the taxpayers an extra $8 million. Might the future presidential candidate, wanting a landslide victory, been upset Corey Booker (vs. Steve Lonegan to fill Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat) would give Barbra Buono an unusual number of coattail votes, had both elections been combined? The two, Buono and Booker, would have been directly on top and below one another.
In three weeks Floridians go to the polls. Rick Scott and Charlie Christ, two candidates running in a contentious race for governor, are separated from other offices. The Florida ballot is impartial and fair.
To be continued.
Soon this will be adjudicated in court, Stein v. New Jersey Mer-L-1212-14.
And again, thank you for allowing me to make this statement.