A Union County Superior Court judge put Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and Council President Denise Wilkerson were back on the ballot Monday.
“We are very pleased, but not surprised, about the ruling today rightfully putting us back on the June Primary Ballot,” the two said in a joint statement. “The real victors in this battle are the residents of Roselle who will be able to cast their vote to keep our Borough moving in the right direction.”
The municipal clerk rejected nominating petitions filed by the two incumbents, saying they should not have filed jointly because they were running for different offices.
Mayors in the town serve four-year terms, while terms for council last three years.
The two incumbents are aligned with Union County Freeholder candidates running off the party line.
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, the Union County Democratic chairman, and the Roselle Democratic Committee are backing Donald Shaw and his slate of council candidates over Dansereau and Archange Antoine, who has the support of Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.
“Our opponents know that they cannot defeat us in the voting booth. That is why they tried to throw us off the ballot through a frivolous technology,” Dansereau and Wilkerson said. “As we have shown for the last four years, and in this fight brought about by outside forces trying to take over our Borough again, we have always taken our responsibility to serve the residents of Roselle seriously and never failed to show up when the going got tough and difficult decisions needed to be made.”