Matt Mowers Voted in NH, NJ Presidential Primaries, Report Says
First Congressional District Matt Mowers voted in both the New Hampshire and New Jersey presidential primaries in 2016, according to a report by the Associated Press.
While in New Hampshire, he cast an absentee ballot in New Hampshire's primary in February, according to the AP report. The report also said that Mowers re-registered to vote in New Jersey's presidential primary in June using his parent's address, citing public records.
Mowers ran in the 2016 presidential campaign of then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after working in his administration. He later became head of the state Republican party and ran against Chris Pappas in the 2020 First Congressional District race.
He currently lives in Gilford with his wife and young son.
The Mowers campaign on Tuesday morning did not respond to Seacoast Current's request for more information. Republican election lawyer told the AP at the request of the Mowers campaign that the allegation is "silly."
"Not a great look for a party railing about voter integrity. The interesting question is whether his primary opponents will raise it as an issue," Dean Spiliotes, SNHU Civic Scholar and Founder, NH Political Capital told Seacoast Current.
"A very, very serious allegation"
GOP primary opponent state Rep. Tim Baxter was first to call out Mowers on the report.
"While I’m running the bill in NH for a full forensic audit of the 2020 Presidential election, Mowers is potentially breaking federal law by voting in BOTH NH and NJ. My question for ‘#JerseyMowers’: Are you running to represent #NH01 or NJ?," Baxter tweeted.
Opponent Karoline Leavitt called the report "a very, very serious allegation. Election integrity matters. Voters deserve truth, and Mowers owes them an honest answer. Democrats and his GOP primary opponents were quick to criticize."
Leavitt also criticized Hillary Clinton for using the report to undermine the need for election integrity.
Leavitt worked in the White House press office during the Trump Administration, while Mowers was an advisor to the former president.
New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley went beyond criticism of Mowers, but included Republicans who insist the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. He said they must address the allegation against Mowers.
"Republicans in New Hampshire and across the country have made attacking voting rights and spreading voter disinformation a platform of their party, yet they continue to be the ones who violate election law, attempt to undermine our election systems, and circumvent the rules," Buckley said in a statement.
"Do NH GOP candidates in CD-01 and Chris Sununu condone voting multiple times in an election and likely violating federal election law? Or does their crusade for ‘election integrity’ only apply to Granite Staters they just don’t want to see vote?”