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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.

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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