ELIZABETH – Fifteen Elizabeth High School students who decided to work for state Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s re-election campaign found themselves caught in the middle of a long-standing political feud between rival factions in city politics.
According to an NJ.com report, the students were pulled out of class last week and interrogated about their jobs by school officials. The students were reportedly warned that they could get in trouble with the school if they wore their uniforms or told people that they were getting community service credit needed for graduation for working on the campaign.
School Board President Tony Monteiro is an important figure in a faction of the local Democratic Party that is trying to oust Lesniak from office in the June Primary. The school board has previously been accused of using its employees as a ready-made fundraising base for its political activities, but an internal report found no evidence of untoward activity.
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