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Carmelo Garcia Back on the Ballot as Assembly Candidate

An appellate court ruled that Garcia is eligible to run for assembly after all.

Carmelo Garcia, the executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority, is back on the ballot this June.

Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled earlier this month that — under the Hatch Act — Garcia was not eligible to run for public partisan office.

An appellate court overturned that decision on Tuesday afternoon. The decision was first reported by PolitickerNJ.

"I am gratified," said Garcia, in response to the decision. "I am just really really appreciative of all the prayers and love and energy that I’ve gotten."

Garcia was picked by State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack to run for the office of 33rd District Assemblyman on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line. Ruben Ramos Jr., the current assemblyman who will not seek re-election because he's running for mayor of Hoboken, endorsed Garcia and the rest of the ticket.

Bokenlvr April 30, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Wow, that really sucks.
recallbethmason April 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM
ridiculous, your not getting my vote!
Outofcontrol May 01, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Gee, the Zombies are quiet. Seems like Zimmer and her buddy will have to tell the big boys that they failed in their attempt to bring down Mr. Stack. Those central Jersey fellas are not gonna be happy.
cassandra May 01, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Anyone know who the lawyer was who filed the lawsuit by the five citizens?
prosbus May 01, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Dawn thought she was being strategic when she endorsed Bhalla only AFTER the original decision by Bariso. Now she will be forced to remain with Bhalla and endure a very humiliating loss county wide to Stack. Not a bad start for the election season.
QJ201 May 01, 2013 at 11:37 AM
BS, Ruben was dropped from the ticket BEFORE he announced his run for mayor. Patch can't even remember what it's previously published. sheesh.
HudsonStreet May 01, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Lucky that voters have a better option with Councilman Ravi Bhalla.
Juan Rodriguez jr May 01, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Congratulation on being re-elected cuz this is Louis your cuz just want to add a few work on behalf of the people tha live on 320 Marshall drive. The situation about this elevator that been down for about four to five day it's crazy going up and down the stair yesterday neighbor from up on the six And the seven floor had to carry a lady some the flights of stair with a oxygen tank because it was to much for her to go up ands down those stair. I feel so bad for the people that leave here and imagine someone like my mom having arthritis in her both knees and climbing those stair cuz. So please can you do something about don't know if you are or something is being done but someone is going to get hurt even a little girl was crying because she didn't want to go up those flight of stair and the mother was crying a baby in her arm already felt so bad for her. Thank you for your time again this is Maria Rodriguez older son good luck on your up coming race cuz.
CuriousGal May 01, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Juan Rodriguez jr-- thanks for the entertaining pseudo post "cuz"--- try to sell it someplace else. Should be entertaining listening to Dawn "umm" and "ya know" her way through an endorsement for Bhalla -- or will it be just another press release.
HudsonStreet May 01, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Based on Mason, Russo-Castellano's previous hystrical public opposition to anyone holding more than one paid public position we should expect a press release condeming Carmelo Garcia soon.
FAP May 01, 2013 at 02:57 PM
CuriousGal are you calling Juan a liar? That's incredibly disrespectful.
Hector Torres Jr. May 01, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Hello prosbus and CuriousGal, Instead of fixating on endorsements, maybe we should be asking about ongoing FBI investigations into the activities of certain council members known for their largesse? You decide. http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2013/05/fbi-investigation-into-councilwoman.html Thank you very much, prosbus and CuriousGal.
demosthenes May 01, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Welcome back CuriousGal. With all this election talk I'm getting really confused. Will there be a November election this year? Or is this one of those years where we don't have one?
Juan Rodriguez jr May 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
CuriosGal I don't know what is your problem .if you have a problem don't come to me with didn't say anything wrong to start something. Thank you FAP.
Scott M. Siegel May 01, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Curious Gal: Where are your numbers for retirement for the next 3 years? You never got back to me!
Enough May 02, 2013 at 06:34 AM
I haven't been following this issue closely but isn't Ravi Bhalla considered a king in the pay to play business? I think I read he was boasting about a $250K election account. When you have a $250K car that the HCDO does not want to drive, it must be really toxic!
cassandra May 02, 2013 at 08:48 AM
With friends like Pincus and Horse, the administration doesn't need any enemies. Just look at Torres link above and judge for yourself.
CuriousGal May 02, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Hey cuz, my problem is you and you posting as if you are a friend of Mr. Garcia. You understand dat cuz?
lorraine morgan May 05, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I agree that dawn thought it was a sure bet to endorse ravi because of the lower court's ruling which took carmelo out of that race. And now that he is back in the race, i believe he will win by an overwhelming number of votes. how embarrasing for the opposition who thought they would be running unopposed.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV May 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM
The lawyer for the Hoboken residents is Flavio Komuves. The case is seeing briefs from both lawyers taken by the NJ Supreme Court. Carmelo Garcia's attorney will be submitting their brief by midday to meet the NJ Supreme Court deadline. MSV broke the story on Friday. The details: http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2013/05/garcia-assembly-ballot-appeal-reaches.html
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV May 06, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Thank you very much cassandra. However, MSV unlike yourself doesn't endorse what you call "competent corruption." But you should find your two other pals on this thread who do.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV May 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM
The case is now at the NJ Supreme Court level. There are five candidates currently.

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