SAYREVILLE, N.J. – Following this morning’s bombshell dossier from fellow Democratic candidate Jim Johnson, the Wisniewski for Governor campaign echoed the call for the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Committee (ELEC) to launch a formal investigation into Phil Murphy’s illegal use of his non-profit New Way for New Jersey for political purposes.
Last year, Murphy was ensnared in the Wikileaks release of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails admitting to breaking New Jersey campaign finance law. In an email, Murphy told Podesta “he would form a 501(c)(4) to boost his name recognition and qualifications for a possible campaign to replace Governor Chris Christie.”
Under New Jersey election law using a 501(c)(4) non-profit for political purposes is illegal.
“The Johnson campaign dossier is well-documented and damning,” charged Wisniewski campaign manager Robert Becker. “New Jersey’s election law is very definitive — if you are ‘testing the waters’ you must comply with financial disclosure laws. When 98% of your so-called non-profit’s spending goes to political consultants now working on your political campaign, it is impossible to argue how you weren’t violating the law.”
“The Murphy campaign’s initial response is typical of their Goldman Sachs mindset where the rules don’t apply to the wealthy elite,” said Becker. “As we learned with Gov. Christie’s ‘bridgegate’ scandal, when a politician blatantly violates the law to boost his own candidacy it doesn’t sit well with voters. New Jersey cannot risk nominating another politician who thinks he’s above the law.”