Point Pleasant mayor chooses not to testify in recall hearing
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, New Jersey: A hearing was held on September 8, 2009 in the New Jersey Superior Court to determine whether or not the effort to recall Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella was valid. During the hearing, the petition circulator under question, Joseph Billoti, testified that he is a resident of Point Pleasant Beach, citing his address as within the city limits. Barella chose not to testify, although his attorney stated the mayor did have sufficient arguments to counter Billoti's testimony. Instead the court was handed Point Pleasant sewer and water bills from 2002 until present day.
The recall petition was deemed invalid by the city clerk in August 2009 due to questions of Billoti and another circulator living outside of the city limits, along with other questionable petition procedures performed by recall supporters.