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Judge clears Atlantic City referendum

By Nikita Biryukov, March 11 2020 4:52 pm

An Atlantic County Superior Court judge tossed a request to cancel or delay a referendum that would change the city’s form of government Wednesday.

Judge Julio Mendez ruled that Atlantic County Democrats failed to prove that petitions submitted Atlantic City Residents for Good Government were fraudulent.

They claimed the roughly 3,300 signatures the group, which is backed by former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, were illegitimate.

Most of the signatures, 2,568, were verified by the clerk. Only 935 were required to force the ballot initiative, which is set to take place later this month.

Mendez’s decision was first reported by NJ Advance Media.

The ballot initiative would cut the number of council seats in the city from nine to five and replace the mayor’s seat with a council-appointed municipal manager.

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