State Supreme Court Rules Against Menendez Recall Effort

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TRENTON – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a state law that allows voters to recall members of Congress is unconstitutional.

The court’s 4-2 vote would appear to end the efforts of a Tea Party-affiliated group to recall U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, though a spokesperson said that the committee planned to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Last fall, New Jersey’s Secretary of State rejected the filing of the group’s recall notice because the federal Constitution does not allow for the recall of U.S. Senators.

Menendez, who angered conservatives with his votes on health care and “irresponsible” federal spending, is up for re-election in 2012.

The state Supreme Court is available online at the New Jersey Judiciary’s website.


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