NEWARK, NJ - The defeated East Ward candidate who filed a lawsuit contesting the runoff election results agreed to dismiss his case just days before it was set for trial.
Anthony Campos' lawsuit alleged voting improprieties and irregularities in the June 12 runoff election against incumbent Augusto Amador. The ongoing trial was set to reconvene Dec. 4, according to a court document filed by Amador's attorney.
A Superior Court judge did not dismiss the case. Rather, both parties' attorneys yesterday agreed to dismiss the matter with prejudice.
Campos, a former Newark police chief, had called for a new election.
"As resources are finite, we’re redirecting our energies back into the community,” Campos said. “We have set a standard for the close scrutiny of local elections. We would like to thank everybody in the East Ward. I am not going away. I’ll always be there for my community.”
Amador, who won the runoff election by 110 votes, said he won “fair and square” and is looking to move forward.
“I’m just relieved that this is not a priority of mine, and it [was] initiated by Mr. Campos," Amador said, referring to the dismissal. "I guess he finally came to his senses and did what any normal human being would do, which is to accept that he lost and that I won.”
Superior Court Judge Thomas Vena initially ruled in August that Campos’ petition had enough evidence to move on to trial.
Campos' lawsuit alleged that 123 ballots were cast by residents who didn't live in the East Ward. His petition also claimed that the signatures for 168 ballots did not match with those on file with election officials.
John Carbone, of the law firm Carbone & Faasse, represented Campos in the lawsuit. Tristan Cavadas-Cabelo also served as co-counsel for Campos. Angelo Genova, of Genova Burns, represented Amador.
Mark J. Bonamo contributed to this report.