Court: Menendez Recall Can Proceed

By Alex Isenstadt
|  Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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Menendez Recall Can Proceed: Court

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Recall ... ON!

A group of New Jersey tea party activists can proceed in their effort to recall Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, a state appellate court ruled Tuesday.

The court ruled that the New Jersey secretary of state must accept petitions the Sussex County Tea Party is planning to gather to put Menendez on the ballot. New Jersey is one of 18 states that allows for recalls of statewide officials, but Menendez's lawyers had maintained that senators could not be removed from office by that method.

RoseAnn Salanitri, the founder of the Sussex County Tea Party and the leader of the Committee to Recall U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, called the court decision a victory for the recall campaign.

"The fight is just beginning to keep our representatives accountable," Salanitri told POLITICO Tuesday morning. "No way are we lying down and playing dead."

Salanitri's group must turn in 1.3 million signatures from supporters in order to put a recall of Menendez up for a vote.

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