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Sayegh tells Paterson officials accused of fixing election to resign

Mayor says he doesn’t see how Jackson, Mendez ‘are able to effectively govern’

By David Wildstein, June 26 2020 6:13 pm

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh wants two winners of last month’s Paterson city council election who were charged with election tampering to resign.

“Integrity is a prerequisite for public service. Obviously, the integrity of the accused has been called into question by recent criminal charges,” Sayegh said. “I don’t see how they are able to effectively govern.”

Sayegh joins Gov. Phil Murphy, who today told Councilman Michael Jackson and Councilman-elect Alex Mendez that they need to step down.

Jackson and Mendez won narrow victories in the May 12 non-partisan municipal election, but were charged yesterday with ballot fraud by the state Attorney General.

The two are slated to take office next week.

If the two resign, the city council could fill their vacancies until a special election is held to fill the seats.

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