(Updates with comments from Line B’s Pat Barker)
In a letter that questions the past practices of their Team B opponents’ campaign manager, Bloomfield’s Line A candidates have asked NJ Attorney General Paula Dow to assign deputy AGs to monitor the township’s upcoming Democratic primary elections on June 8.
Mayor Ray McCarthy, Councilman Bernard Hamilton, and council candidates Peggy O’Boyle Dunigan and Michael Venezia have all signed the letter, dated May 21, which requests monitors at each of Bloomfield’s polling locations and at the municipal clerk’s office.
“We are determined to protect the citizens of Bloomfield from scurrilous tactics employed by those who might wish to improperly influence results,” the letter states.
The letter to Dow calls into question the alleged role of Line B’s campaign manager, Gary Iacobocci, in the election of now-disgraced Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano.
Line B’s Councilwoman Pat Barker said in response to the letter, “McCarthy is obviously desperate, and he is doing desperate things. This is all a smoke screen to avoid the real issues. Just like sending hecklers to the council meetings in an attempt to disrupt democracy.”
“It would be more productive if McCarthy would stop slinging the political slander – this ridiculous attempt at ‘guilt by association’ – and start to focus on the real issues like our high taxes,” Barker said.
Also on the Line B team are Councilwoman Pat Spychala for mayor, and council candidates, Rich Rockwell and Carlos Pomares.
The letter asks election monitors to ensure “that voters are not turned away,” that voting machines are working properly and that ballot counting is observed.
“There is too much at stake in this election to allow for any voter to be denied their right to vote,” said McCarthy. “The Line A candidates will leave no stone unturned in making sure that this election is fair and open.”