Fitzgibbons fined for ELEC violations
Hoboken411 reader Phil Cohen wanted you all to know about a decision that was reached last week in an ELEC Law violation case against Hudson County Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons:
Ordered to pay a $2100 fine
“Attached is the recent Final Decision of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (“ELEC”) which imposes one of the largest penalties I have seen coming from ELEC in recent memory. ELEC found long-time Freeholder and former Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party, Maurice Fitzgibbons, had violated major requirements of New Jersey election law.
Amazingly, Mr. Fitzgibbons repeatedly failed to file timely campaign reports in the 2005 general election when he was running for Freeholder, as required by the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq. (the “Campaign Reporting Act”). Mr. Fitzgibbons filed his three required R-1 forms (reflecting Reports of Contributions and Expenditures) 429, 412 and 381 days late!
Considering all the factors in Mr. Fitzgibbons case, an ELEC commission unanimously voted (4-0) to reprimand Mr. Fitzgibbons, and order a penalty of $2,625.00, which it agreed to reduce to $2,100, if Mr. Fitzgibbons timely made all of his required penalty payments, psuant to N.J.A.C. 19:25-17.3C(e).”