(The following was originally published in the Courier-Post.)
The perpetual political candidate who calls himself Weedman is in a legal struggle to get back on November’s ballot for a congressional seat.
Rulings in June from a judge and the state’s top election official found that Ed Forchion did not have the required 100 valid signatures on his petition to run in the 3rd Congressional District.
He is appealing, arguing that some signatures were invalidated wrongly.
(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.
(The following was originally published in the Burlington County Times.)
TRENTON — Time is running out for Edward “NJWeedman” Forchion to win back a spot on the November election ballot.
Forchion, a well-known marijuana activist from Pemberton Township, filed to run as a third-party candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District seat, but was booted off the ballot last month by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who concurred with an administrative law judge’s opinion that Forchion did not have enough valid signatures on his nomination petition.