Authorities Investigating Edison Campaign Mailers

Nov 3, 2017

Authorities are trying to determine who sent campaign mailers to homes in Edison, New Jersey, with a red ‘deport’ stamp under the photos of two Asian-American school board candidates.

It's possible the anonymous mailers do not violate election law.

New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission deputy director Joe Donohue says state election law requires political communications distributed by a candidate to have a disclaimer showing the name and address of the person or group that paid for them.

But the mailers urging "Make Edison Great Again" had no information of who sent them.

“If it was done by an independent committee and they spend less than $1600, then it might not have to be disclosed.”

The Edison police department and the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office are investigating whether the mailers violate state discrimination or hate crime laws.

About 45 percent of the residents in Edison were born outside the United States. Local officials are condemning the pamphlets as shameful and disgraceful.