Democrats try to kick pot advocate off ballot - New York News

Democrats try to kick pot advocate off ballot

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A perpetual New Jersey political candidate who calls himself "Weedman" may be ousted from November's congressional ballot after a challenge this week from Democrats.

Ed Forchion says it shows the rising tide of pro-pot voters that a mainstream political party is worried that he could siphon off votes.

The Legalize Marijuana Party candidate says "I'm a bigger name than their candidate."

Democratic State Committee spokesman Matt Farrauto says the party isn't challenging Forchion because he's a threat, but because he isn't eligible.

Forchion says an administrative law judge invalidated 109 of the 208 signatures he submitted, leaving him one short of the required 100.

The race between Republican Tom MacArthur and Republican Aimee Belgard is expected to be the closest Congressional rate in New Jersey this year.

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