Current Status of Illegal Mailer Lawsuit
Immediately following the election, as promised, I filed a complaint with New Jersey’s Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) regarding the various illegal mailers that were sent during the campaign. Those mailers not only attacked my team, but other candidates as well. At that time, it was unknown who the perpetrators were.
Soon thereafter, we had an attorney file a complaint in Essex County Superior Court against ‘John Doe,’ ‘Jane Doe’ and various fictitious corporations. Doing this gave us subpoena power to compel the mail house, which produced and mailed the illegal mailers, to turn over the identities of the responsibile individuals.
After our subpoena was filed, we were granted subpoena power. A subpoena was eventually served on the mail house compelling them to turn over documents pertaining to the illegal mailers.
The mail house complied with the subpoena and turned over all documents relating to the illegal mailers. It was at this point, we finally learned that the mailers were prepared, organized and supplied to the mail house by a Township employee who is also an elected member of the Belleville Board of Education. We also learned that the illegal mailers were paid for by Mayor Kimble’s campaign account.
At that time, I then sent a second letter to ELEC and provided the evidence we received from the mail house. While I asked them to pursue the perpetrators, I clearly appealed to them, for various reasons, not to pursue the Mayor nor his Treasurer.
We eventually filed a second subpoena with the mail house. This time we asked them for any digital data. By this time, we knew who the main facilitator was and who paid for the illegal mailers, but we didn’t know who designed them. While we still haven’t turned up the designer, we did find out who supplied the mailing list that was used for the mailers. The name that appeared was, at the time, a municipal vendor who is also a current elected official with the Belleville Board of Education.
Armed with concrete, irrefutable evidence, our attorney filed complaints against all parties involved. I promised we would hold those responsible accountable and that is what we are doing! My hope is that this finally ends the nasty electioneering that happens in the weeks leading up to a local election. If you have something to say, follow the law and disclose your name and who paid for your mailing.