- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The only candidate officially in the race to succeed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has filed an election law complaint against a prospective rival.

Former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy filed a complaint with the Election Law Enforcement Commission on Thursday against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. Both are Democrats.

Murphy, who announced his candidacy for the 2017 contest in May, says that Fulop is using his mayoral campaign account to run for governor without officially announcing his candidacy. That would be a violation of state election law.

Murphy argues Fulop is gaining an advantage by skirting disclosure rules and spending limits.

Mike Soliman, a senior adviser to Fulop, called the complaint frivolous and says it shows desperation.

The primary is in June 2017.

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