Judges says Murphy’s two primary challengers must be removed from ballot

Administrative law judges ruled that two potential primary challengers to Gov. Phil Murphy be removed from the Democratic ballot because their petitions were invalid.

A judge said perennial candidate Lisa McCormick’s petition did not have a single valid signature. The Democratic State Committee alleged that her campaign used voter data to fill petitions automatically without voter knowledge. Murphy’s other would-be opponent Roger Bacon used registered Republican signatures on his.

It looks as though likely GOP gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli is set to fend off his opponent Phil Rizzo. According to Politico, Rizzo did not qualify for matching funds with the state but he may appeal that decision.

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