A-30 September Term 2021 086255.

277 A.3d 1047 (2022)

251 N.J. 415

LINDEN DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE, Plaintiff, and Paul Coates, Jr., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CITY OF LINDEN and City of Linden Municipal Council, Defendants-Respondents.

Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Decided July 6, 2022.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Louis N. Rainone argued the cause for appellant (Rainone Coughlin Minchello, attorneys; Louis N. Rainone , David L. Minchello , Matthew R. Tavares , and Brian P. Trelease , Woodbridge, on the briefs).

Victoria A. Lucido argued the cause for respondents (Aloia Law Firm, attorneys; Victoria A. Lucido and Andrea M. Beckford , of counsel and on the brief, and Brian J. Aloia , on the brief).

The Municipal Vacancy Law (Vacancy Law), N.J.S.A. 40A:16-1 to -23, sets forth the procedures for filling vacancies on a municipal governing body — procedures ultimately designed to ensure the right of citizens to representation in local government. The question in this appeal concerns the...


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