GA is sorry that 5th Ward candidate Melissa Blanco who was "taking a stand for state and federal laws" was disqualified from the race on Friday.
Hudson County View reported that Blanco "did not have enough valid signatures from registered voters in her ward."
Should that matter?
Ms. Blanco's platform: obedience to state and federal law, should exempt her from obedience to state and federal law- especially the stupid ones. Like those about so-called "valid" signatures. Ms. Blanco needed 59 "valid" signatures (1% of registered voters in her ward)- she collected 80!
HCV wrote: "Blanco stated all of her 80 signatures submitted were valid by “New Jersey case law...”
Of course, they were.
The 5th Ward council person governs ALL 5th Ward residents- adults, children, their pets. If you can stick a pen in it's paw, it's valid. And dead people- they pay taxes, too. Ever hear of "estate tax?" Duh.
I believe Ms. Blanco should peacefully protest the City Clerk's decision- maybe a march on City Hall, with her allies in the Carmelo Garcia camp. Blanco spoke eloquently on behalf of Garcia when the HHA board met at City Hall on August 4, 2014. Here is the transcript:
Melissa Blanco will be missed. I hope Ms. Blanco continues to speak truth to power in Hoboken.
It is a sad, sad day for Democracy when toddlers, dogs, cats and the dead don't have a voice in their government.
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