Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor kicked out in recall rerun

Mayor Bill Laforet lost his recall race 4356-3426 to John Roth, who had lost to Laforet in 2016 by 92 votes.  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 The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.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.

Laforet is the first New Jersey official to be recalled and removed since 2011.

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