Thursday, September 29, 2005

Judge rules for McWilliams, but...

Union County Superior Court Judge Walter R. Barisonek ruled today (Sept. 29, 2005) that the New Jersey state "sore loser" law is unconstitutional.

If allowed to stand, the ruling will enable Mayor Albert T. McWilliams to run again for mayor of Plainfield as a Republican in November's general election.

Following an hour and a half discussion of the issues involved in the case, Judge Barisonek ordered Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi to put McWilliams' name on the Plainfield ballot. He then immediately stayed the order for one day to allow appeals to be filed by 4:00pm Friday (Sept. 30, 2005).

The Plaintalker's Bernice Paglia is returning from the courthouse in Elizabeth and will file a full report later in the day.

--Barbara Todd Kerr

KEYWORDS: elections