Thursday, July 12, 2018

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor recall gets enough signatures to be on the ballot

Mayor Bill Laforet will be facing a recall vote, as more than 5000 signatures were validated -- petitioners needed 4150 to get on the ballot.

The issue was Laforet's backing and then moving away from an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. Both of the laws are allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews and the city has been accused of anti-semitism and discrimination. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Laforet has been the subject of two no-confidence votes in three years.

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