(The following was originally published in NJ.com.)
If he wants to continue running for Congress, frequent political candidate Ed Forchion, a marijuana activist known as “N.J. Weedman,” will have to produce more than $3,500 for court transcripts.
Earlier this year, Forchion submitted a petition with more than 200 signatures in order to run for office in the 3rd Congressional District, hoping to mount a campaign against Republican candidate Tom MacArthur and Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard, an Ocean County freeholder.
But in June, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee filed a motion to have Forchion removed from the ballot, arguing that some of Forchion’s signatures were not from qualified voters. An administrative law judge agreed and ruled that Forchion had only 97 signatures, three short of the minimum to be on the ballot.