Grist for the Mill: All rise before Judge Bariso

Word this morning is the dual ballot appearance legal challenge against Freeholder Anthony “Stick” Romano is scheduled for today.

Romano is set to appear on the November election ballot as a candidate for Hoboken mayor. He’s also the candidate on the Democrat line as he won the primary for re-election freeholder back in June.

All rise before the honorable Administrative Judge Peter Bariso in the case of Patty Waiters, re: the Shinny Penny Mike DeFusco vs. Anthony “Stick “Romano.

The hearing is said to be set for 11:30 this morning.

Update: This gristy chewable item is confirmed with the hearing set for 11:30 am.
Word is Mike DeFusco campaign manager Ryan Yacco is in attendance.


Update: 12:55 pm

According to one reliable source, the Administrative Judge Peter F. Bariso has ruled against the Patty Waiters – Shinny Penny Mike DeFusco complaint to remove Anthony Romano from the ballot.

As a result, Romano may run for the office of freeholder and Hoboken mayor this November. If he should win both; he’d have to select and hold one office.

There may be more wrinkles. Another party not at the courthouse claims the request for an injunction holding up the ballot is denied but says the matter isn’t over. Trying to get details and see what’s what. Lots of jumpiness on this one.

The post hearing results remain a gristy item. More to come.

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