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New Brunswick residents see city council question put on ballot

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August 18, 2009

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey:Residents in the city of New Brunswick will now see a referendum placed on the ballot asking whether or not the city council should be expanded from five members to nine members after a Superior Court ruling favored the measure. Currently, all city council members are elected at large, but if the referendum were to be enacted, six members would come from each of the city’s wards and three would be elected at large.

The referendum began when the group Empower Our Neighborhoods claimed a larger city council would implement a more accountable government in the city. The city challenged the referendum by stating the wording was flawed and the timing was questionable. However, the final decision by the Superior Court will pave the way for a public vote.[1]

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