New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way says that since Ronald Reagan is dead, GOP congressional candidate Peter DeNeufville is free to use the 40th president’s name in his campaign slogan.
The front runner for the Republican nomination, Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), had challenged DeNeufville’s ability to run under the “New Jersey Reagan Republican” slogan because state law does not allow the use of a persons name in a slogan without consent.
“Here, the plain meaning of the word ‘person’ is “a living human being,” Way wrote, referencing Webster’s II New College Dictionary. “Assuming the name Reagan refers to former President Ronald Reagan, the use of the Reagan name by candidate de Neufville is permitted because former President Reagan is deceased and therefore is not a “person” within the meaning of the statute.”
Webber is a longtime Reagan aficionado and founder of New Jersey Reagan Day.Final Decision- Webber vs. De Neufville