The Missing D-1: Is Morris ignoring Election Law?

Back on May 16th, candidate Robert F. Morris filed a Form A-1 with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC). By filing a Form A-1, candidate Morris asserted that “the total amount expended or to be expended on behalf of my candidacy by me or by any other candidate, person or committee shall be zero, or shall not, in the aggregate, exceed $4,500 for this election.”

Morris is running for Sussex County Surrogate as an independent. A Sparta resident who formerly served on the Lafayette School Board before being defeated for re-election in 2002, Morris is challenging incumbent Republican Gary Chiusano.

More than two weeks ago, the New Jersey Herald’s Rob Jennings reported the following: “Morris said Friday he has spent $6,000 on his campaign. About $2,200 went to the New Jersey State Fair, where Morris secured a prominent tent near the Sussex County Republicans.”

The Form A-1 that Morris filed with NJELEC also reads: “I am aware that I, as a candidate, am required to designate a campaign treasurer and campaign depository and that I am required to file with the Commission a ‘Certificate of Organization and Designation of Campaign Treasurer and Depository’, Form D-1, no later than 10 days after receipt of any contribution on behalf of my candidacy or 10 days after making any expenditure on behalf of my candidacy, whichever comes first.”

Candidate Robert Morris signed the Form A-1 he filed in mid-May and dated it April 20, 2013. Above his signature are these words: “I certify that the statements in this document are true. I am aware that if any of the statements are willfully false, I may be subject to punishment.”