A Hackensack resident who has requested to remain anonymous has filed a confidential request for an investigation with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).
Jason Some, a candidate for the Hackensack City Council, has published campaign literature that according to the confidential report filed with the Commission violates NJSA 19:44A-22.3 which requires that all campaign literature clearly identifies the person or committe financing the campaign materials and literature. While the offense carries a penalty of up to $6,000, a review of NJ ELEC final decisions shows that similar infractions have carried fines of a few hundred dollars.
Of the omission, Some states it was an "error" in the printing process. Some contends that proofs of the material had the disclosure but the printed material did not. It seems like a pass the buck excuse, so I can't help but say that Some's literature also lacks a Union Bug. This is notable as Some is backed by the Citizens for Change (current administration) who have appointed Anthony Rottino and David Troast to the position of City Manager. Both Rottino and Troast have taken a hard line stance in negotiating with our Collective Bargaining Units. Perhaps Some, the Citizens for Change, and Troast will all take this campaign literature snafu as a lesson in the benefits of supporting union labor.
At a recent debate Some was critiqued for calling the Anderson Street area "blighted." Some fired back stating that he never referred to the area as "blighted." The piece of literature, which Some has admitted to Hackensack Scoop lacks the required disclosures, calls for aggressive "development to other blighted areas in the City such as Anderson and Hudson streets." Despite being superficially offended by being "accused" of calling areas of Hackensack blighted, in an email Some says "I did in fact use that term" and went on that "it is a common term used when discussing redevelopment."