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Eugene Mazo. (Photo: Eugene Mazo).

Mazo exits race for Congress in NJ-8

Law professor drops out after judge rejects some petition signers

By David Wildstein, April 12 2022 6:55 pm

Eugene Mazo has dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district after a two-hour hearing on Wednesday.

Mazo’s exit from the race came after Administrative Law Judge Gail Cookson had already invalidated 21 of his 221 signatures, just before she was prepared to review signatures of some voters that Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise said were registered Republicans.

“You’ve been fairly sloppy about trying to get on the ballot,” Cookson said.  “If you’re not going to get 200, you’re not going to get on the ballot.”

Mazo, a professor at Seton Hall Law School, was the second Democrat who dropped out of the race today.

Brian Varela withdrew after DeGise’s attorney, Steven Kleinman, invalidated enough of his petition signatures to bring him below the required 200 signatures.

That leaves three candidates in the race for the seat of retiring Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York): Port Authority Commissioner Robert J. Menendez, David Ocampo Grajales, and Ae Roseborough-Eberhard.

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