New Jersey's American Civil Liberties Union is defending a man who is facing a fine for flying flags supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Joseph Hornick was ticketed for violating a West Long Branch ordinance that restricts the display of political signs until 30 days before an election. The town considers the flags that proclaim "Trump-Make America Great Again" equivalent to a political sign.
Chapter deputy legal director Jeanne LoCicero says it doesn't matter whether it's a lawn sign or a flag. She says people have the right to express their political beliefs every day. The chapter plans to defend Hornick in court.
Hornick has said he is "surely a Donald Trump fan" and is willing to serve jail time if he loses the case.
"I'm not taking the flag down, and if I do 90 days in jail, I'll do 90 days in jail," he said last month.
New Jersey's primary is June 7.
Violators of the ordinance face a minimum fine of $100.
Hornick is scheduled to appear in municipal court May 18.