After the federal courts upheld a three-year local residency requirement for sheriffs, the Passaic County Republican organization is asking a Superior Court judge to allow them to put a new candidate on the June primary ballot.
Republicans want to run Mason Maher, a Paterson police detective lieutenant and the president of the Superior Officers Association, to replace former Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald as their candidate. Oswald’s petition was invalidated after he acknowledged living in Morris and Sussex counties for more than 20 years before moving to Clifton in November 2021.
Judge Ernest Caposela said in a court hearing on a different matter Monday morning that the Passaic County ballots have not yet been printed.
It will be up to the judge to decide if Republican County Chairman Peter Murphy will be permitted to substitute a candidate. Caposela indicated that a hearing cou
“Without an officially nominated candidate on the ballot, the Republican voters of Passaic County will be disenfranchised,” Republicans said in court papers filed on Sunday.
Republicans maintain that Oswald submitted enough valid signatures – more than 100 – to get on the ballot.
New Jersey has a little-known statute dating back to the 1700s that requires candidates for sheriff to have resided in the county for three years.
This story was updated at 10:01 AM.