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North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi, who died in office on October 10, 2018. (Photo: Borough of North Arlington.)

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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