Another Ballot Petition Snafu

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb
Garry Cobb

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.”


47 thoughts on “Another Ballot Petition Snafu

  1. fyi: Frank W. Minor and Frank C. Broomell Jr., both D., made it. Democratic-Republican Donald E. Letton will be on both CD1 Ballots, as well.

  2. When a Democrat misses a deadline it called “incompetence”. When a Republican misses a deadline, it’s called a “snafu”.

  3. This is a serious problem. I blame the US federal election board. They need to get thief asses in nj and start evaluating the election fraud

    Norcross has one person on charge of elections. This is pathetic.

  4. 100% of Democrats running were told about the filing and 100% of Republicans running weren’t notified… Hmmmmmmmm

  5. I do not understand how the Republicans missed the special election information. Frank Broomell Jr. has absolutely no political ties and is actually having a hard time getting his name out there. However, he saw on the website that papers needed to be filed for the special election. He has no “campaign manager”, very limited funds, etc. No one “notified” him in reference to the special election. He did his research and is competent.

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