New Jersey superior court denies recall effort, for now
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, New Jersey: On September 28, 2009, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster ruled that a recall election against Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barella would not be on the November ballot. The judge’s decision on the issue is still to come during the week of October 5, 2009, but if he ruled in favor of the ballot measure, it would not leave ample time for new potential candidates to campaign for the position this November. However according to Barrella’s attorney, if the judge rules that the group successfully collected enough signatures, the recall election would take place in November 2010.
The court hearings were the result of City Clerk Maryann Ellsworth declaring that the petition was invalid because one of the circulators failed to sign a document where required. Ellsworth disqualified 400 of the 1,200 signatures, which left the petition short of signatures by 77. However, court papers for appeal were filed on August 20, 2009 by the recall committee. The petition called for the recall because of the mayor's proposed plan to raise taxes