December 12, 2023 •
New Jersey Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Recent Campaign Finance Overhaul
Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the head of the state’s enforcement agency challenging the constitutionality of a recent campaign finance overhaul.
The lawsuit was initially filed by former Executive Director Jeff Brindle of the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), seeking to block sections of the Elections Transparency Act.
This included a provision allowing Gov. Phil Murphy to directly appoint the four members of ELEC without the advice and consent of the Senate within a temporary 90-day period.
A provision reducing the amount of time the commission has to investigate campaign finance violations was also challenged.
Lougy determined the legislation was focused on several valid purposes that pertained directly to its subject matter.
The case was dismissed with prejudice and therefore unable to be filed again.
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