For Immediate Release
Trenton, NJ – This past Friday it was announced that Katie Brennan settled her lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign and the State of New Jersey for $1 million.
According to the $1 million settlement, the State will pay $800,000 and the Murphy for Governor campaign’s insurance company will pay $200,000.
Today, the NJGOP filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission an official request to investigate: 1). the State’s $800,000 allocation of the settlement as an illegal campaign contribution to the Murphy for Governor Campaign; and 2). the $200,000 payment by the Campaign’s insurer and whether the payment is a qualifying expenditure against the Governor’s 2021 campaign spending cap.
“Governor Murphy uses taxpayer dollars to bail him out of all kinds of financial mismanagement, but he can’t skirt campaign finance laws, and it is illegal for him to use the State as his personal piggy bank to pay for his campaign committee’s scandals,” said Chairman Steinhardt. “I am happy that Katie Brennan is receiving some of the justice she deserves, but with more than 1.1 million New Jerseyans unemployed and billions of dollars in anticipated revenue shortfall, taxpayers have no business paying for the bad judgment and illegal behavior of the Murphy for Governor campaign committee and its employees.”