Marijuana advocate Ed Forchion, better known as “NJWeedman,” is suing the state, claiming it illegally omitted the slogan he used to run for the 12th district’s house seat.
Forchion said he filed his nominating petitions under the slogan “Legalize Marijuana Party,” which the legalization proponent has used for previous runs at public office for more than two decades. The Division of Elections’ list of candidates says Forchion filed with no slogan.
“Did somebody think I would get too many votes using that slogan? I don’t know,” he says. “They claimed it was an accident and that I’d have to get a judge’s order to have it put on the ballot! This is nefarious. This is egregious,” he said. “The state election office could have corrected its own mistake. Instead I was told to file a lawsuit, as only a judge could amend the ballot, so I did.”
Forchion said Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson heard oral arguments in the case Thursday.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) is heavily favored to win re-election.