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North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi, who died in office on October 10, 2018 (BOROUGH OF NORTH ARLINGTON PHOTO)

North Arlington GOP headed to court

Republicans seek to replace late mayor on ballot

By David Wildstein, October 12 2018 12:40 pm

In another test of New Jersey’s confusing and fungible election laws, North Arlington Republicans are going to court today in a bid to remove Joseph Bianchi’s name from the general election ballot.

Bianchi, a Republican, died on Wednesday.  He was seeking re-election to a second term in the November 6 election.

Superior Court Judge Robert Wilson has scheduled an emergency hearing at 2:30 PM today.

One key issue: some voters have already cast their ballots in the race for mayor and others are in possession of their vote-by-mail ballots.

Bianchi was facing Democrat Mark Yampaglia, a councilman.   Al Granell, a former Democratic councilman, is running as an independent.

Funeral services for Bianchi will be held on Monday.

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