Garry Cobb is the latest high-profile 2014 candidate to run into ballot petition problems, Save Jerseyans.
It’s a little complicated so follow along carefully: Cobb needed to file two sets of petitions this time around for both the general election AND the special election to replace Rob Andrews, as did the other Democrat and Republican challengers in CD1.
What does this mean? Unless Garry Cobb gets 200 write-in signatures on June 3 as permitted by N.J.S.A. 19:14-2.1, then he’ll appear on ballot just once in November, in the general election column, but not for the special, setting up a situation where Cobb could theoretically win the general election but lose the special election, a set of circumstances whereupon Norcross would fill Andrews’ vacated seat from Election Day until the new Congress convenes in January 2015.
Maybe it’s something in the water? Earlier this week, we learned that Janice Kovach (D-NJ07) failed to submit sufficient valid signatures to qualify for a chance to face incumbent Republican Leonard Lance in November. GOP Senate candidate Robert “Turk” Turkavage didn’t make the cut after he found himself caught in Central Jersey traffic jam.
The former Philadelphia Eagle linebacker’s predicament is slightly more nuanced since he qualified for the
In a statement, Cobb spokesman Jon Lukacher says the campaign nevertheless intends “to run an aggressive write-in campaign for the special election primary” and making both “the general and special election ballots in November.”