Firm Successful in Reinstating Candidate to Ballot in Congressional Race
April 8, 2014
Genova Burns litigators Rajiv D. Parikh and Maria R. Fruci were successful in overturning a decision by the New Jersey Division of Elections to reject Clinton Township Mayor Janice Kovach from the June 2014 Primary Election Ballot. As a result of the decision issued today by Administrative Law Judge Susan Scarola, Ms. Kovach will be added to the primary election ballot for the 7th District Congressional seat. The Judge noted that "the total number of signatures validly obtained by (Ms. Kovach) exceeds the statutory requirement…, and therefore the nominating petition shall be accepted.”
Ms. Kovach announced in January that she planned to run for the seat that has been held since 2009 by U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance. New Jersey's 7th District covers all of Hunterdon County, most of Somerset and parts of Morris, Warren, Union and Essex counties.
Mr. Parikh was quoted in the Star Ledger's coverage of the decision.
Firm Counsel Mr. Parikh has been involved with a variety of election related litigations throughout New Jersey, including matters concerning the Democratic National Committee, and candidates for local, state and federal offices. He serves as general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and the campaigns of Senator Cory Booker, congressional candidates Roy Cho and Bonnie Watson Coleman and others.