Jim Johnson Files Election Law Complaint Against Phil Murphy

Mar 30, 2017

Jim Johnson

A Democrat in the race for Governor of New Jersey has filed a complaint with state Election Law Enforcement Commission against the front-runner in the race.

Jim Johnson claims former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy, also a Democrat, violated state election law by using non-profit social welfare and political groups he set up before entering the race to avoid disclosing some contributions and expenditures.

"There are payments that should have been recorded. We've identified at least an amount of $730,000 that has not been itemized that the public doesn't know where the money went, how it was spent. The public as the law requires has a right to know this." 

Johnson says Murphy’s candidacy benefited from those organizations’ fund raising.

"This was a very clear indication that what's been undertaken by the Murphy campaign is precisely the sort of 'the rules don't apply to us behavior' that this state needs to change. The same rules need to apply to all of us."

Murphy's campaign says there's no merit to the complaint and accuses Johnson of wasting taxpayers' money by forcing the Election Law Enforcement Commission to look into the allegations.