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Menendez recall petition effort can proceed, court rules

A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that the New Jersey secretary of state must accept a citizen petition to recall Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) submitted by a pair of conservative tea party groups, The Star-Ledger reports.

NJ Tea Parties United and the Sussex County Tea Party are seeking to force the Senator's removal because of his support of health-care reform and past votes to increase government spending. Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells last fall rejected a notice from the groups that they planned to begin an effort to recall Menendez. According to state law, the secretary of state must approve a notice before a recall committee can begin collecting signatures on a petition.

Today's ruling opens the door for the recall process to proceed.

After the notice is approved, the committee then must secure the signatures of 25 percent of registered voters of the affected district before a recall election can be held. There were 5.2 million registered voters in November, meaning the committee would have to secure 1.3 million signatures.

Menendez's lawyer had argued that voters do not have the right to recall a U.S. senator under federal law. If he survives the recall attempt, Menendez will come up for reelection in 2012.

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BenAMarine....You asked how the Gray Davis recall worked out for California. It netted us a another useless Gov but did keep illegal Aliens from attaining Calif. Drivers Licenses. Had Arnold made sure Prop 187 was reinstated our state deficit would not have gotten to this point.

Posted by: flyonthewall1 | March 22, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"Good get it done get him OUT !!!"

Yeah! Who needs those pesky elections to decide who our Elected Representatives will be?

Posted by: cbastian | March 17, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Good get it done get him OUT !!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | March 16, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

While 18 states (including New Jersey) allow for the recall of STATE government officials, there is NO RIGHT to recall federal congressmen and senators under the U.S. Constitution. End of story. So in the end, all of this work will be wasted, regardless of whether they have a petition or not. If tea-baggers were smart, they would actually work on something that has a chance to succeed.

Posted by: mikefba | March 16, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This is excellent. Maybe California can oust Feinstein and Boxer.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 16, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the Soros Virus infects people to believe that 20% of WeAreTheWorld Americans are somehow a majority and the 70% of we USA Americans are the minority.

That is the world they live in. And it is coming down like the proverbial house of cards. Good night kiddies. And good riddens Menedez.

Posted by: Dirtt | March 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing more than an effort to force the choice of the people into the hands of the republican roberts supreme circus.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | March 16, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If the courts continue to allow the minority to rule then the only wayn to rid the nation of the communist conservative menace will be revolution and the death toll will be extreme indeed. Didn't we learn anything from the past three decades of republican tax cut and spend anyway that their system of stupidity does not work?

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | March 16, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Guess what edurfee, it's not just "your" country, it's all of ours. And "we" already took it back with the 2008 election, and ousting, or conservatives just like you. So, what say you, and the rest of your teabaggers, grow up and learn to share like the rest of us did in kindergarten. You can't just make the world the way you want it all the time.

Posted by: CSp1 | March 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Conservatives have found yet another way to destroy this country. What a recipe for disaster - tie the whole process up in knots with frivolous recall efforts on all politicians you don't agree with.

If Liberals had used this policy after their landslide victory in 2008 to take out yet more Conservatives who hadn't been up for re-election, the howls and crying from the right would have been deafening.

This tactic is a recipe for disaster - at least Liberals have the brains to recognize that...

Posted by: mb56 | March 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your shenanigans while you can, Tea Baggers. Your ridiculous quixotic attempts to subvert the American Democracy to fulfill you paranoid and bigoted ends will not be tolerated for much longer. And when you become anything other than an occasional irritant, your nail will be pounded down so hard you'll be looking up at the John Birchers.
1.3 million signatures? You dim bulbs will be lucky to get 1,300. I hope one of you baggers asks for my signature so I can go all, "Commie Acorn Tool of Evil!" on them. That'll be fun.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I recall that California recalled their govenor, Grey Davis, at the urging of the RNC.

How'd that work out for California?

Tea Baggers for the most part are nothing more than an extension of the frothy mouthed rabid mucky mucks that make up the extreme far right of the republican party.

But, then again, one must never underestimate the stupidity of the American electorate.

George W. Bush spent more tax payers money than all 42 of his predecessors combined, he is held as a hero among the faithful i.e. frothy mouthed rabid right-wing lunatics, be they tea baggers or "NO!"

Posted by: BenAMarine | March 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

A great day for the State of NJ and the TEA Party movement. WE do not have to wait until 2012 to change the face of NJ. We need to change the face of the Senate in a similiar way. Good to see that the courts agree with the people.


Posted by: edurfee | March 16, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, here we go folks. We, the voters, do not have to wait for designated election cycles to let our Senators/Representatives know we are not happy with their voting on policy. It would only take a couple of these "recalls" around the country to make the others' get the point of listening to the voters wishes!

Posted by: CO_Native | March 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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