RAHWAY — Within minutes of a pre-recorded phone message being delivered to Rahway voters by interim mayoral appointee Samson Steinman, his primary election opponent Democrat James Devine fired off a contrasting robo-dialed call and filed a number of federal and state complaints for violations of rules imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Devine, a candidate for mayor in Rahway who is opposing a double-dipping political appointee, got out his message within minutes of Steinman’s first pre-recorded phone robocall.
The Democratic challenger told voters they deserve a debate and invited them to his campaign headquarters at the corner of Saint George and West Milton avenues any Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Steinman, who was appointed Hillside township administrator soon after taking the helm in Rahway due to the rsignation of Mayor Rick Proctor, is ducking a confrontation with Devine, who is talking on the campaign trail about tax hikes, unsolved crime and uncaring politicians.
Devine claimed Steinman violated regulations imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) by failing to accurately identify the political committee that paid for the phone calls and by providing a bogus number reported by Caller ID.
When dialed, the phone reported on Caller ID (908-994-0221) resulted in a message stating that the number was not in service.
All committees subject to the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq.) are required to label all political communications with an identification statement, which specifically includes telephone calls featuring a recorded message. The robocall violates that requirement, said Devine.
“I recognized the voice of my primary opponent, who identified himself as ‘Mayor Samson Steinman’ even though there was no disclaimer indicating what political committee paid for the telephone broadcast,” said Devine. “This unelected, double-dipping, political appointee appears to believe he is above the law, but the complaints filed by my campaign will prove him wrong.”
Devine said he suspects that Steinman illegally acted in collusion with an independent expenditure committee that actually paid for the telephone broadcast.
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