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DiVincenzo’s Roseland slate files defective petitions

Clerk gives candidates until Wednesday to fix

By David Wildstein, April 10 2018 10:26 pm

The Roseland Borough Clerk found defects in the nominating petitions for Joe DiVincenzo’s county committee candidates and has given the candidates until tomorrow to correct the issues or face being removed from the June primary ballot.

The DiVincenzo candidates, running with the support of the Essex County Democratic Committee, face a fierce challenge from a slate of candidates backed by former Gov. Richard Codey.  Codey and DiVincenzo both live in Roseland.

The candidates did not include verification by the person who circulated the petitions, as required by state law, according to a letter sent to candidates by Borough Clerk Jock Watkins.  New Jersey permits candidates to repair technical defects to their petitions, although they are not allowed to add additional signatures beyond the deadline.

At stake is control of the Roseland Democratic organization.  Codey has fielded a slate of nine candidates for the twelve seats, including his son, Kevin Codey in the 1st district.  DiVincenzo is running John McGovern, a former Codey aide and business partner.  Democratic Municipal Chairman Julius Coltre, who is retired as a Newark police officer and Essex County Undersheriff and now works for DiVincenzo as the county purchasing director, also faces a challenge.

DiVincenzo has dispatched his chief of staff, Phil Alagia, a top political strategist and ferocious North Ward political wars, to run the Roseland campaign.

Roseland Challenge Letter
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