On May 26, the Recall Committee submitted the 1264 signatures it was able to collect over the past 6 months. Thanks to all who assisted, supported and participated in the process.
The Committee worked off of the January 13, 2016 excel spread sheet of Lopatcong Township voters provided to it by Mr Bill Duffy, executive director of the Warren County Board of Elections, which list reflected that there were 5017 registered voters in November 2015. Accordingly, the Committee needed 1255 signatures to meet the 25% required by statute. As of this post, we are still awaiting a determination from the County Clerk as to an official tally, after any duplicates or other disqualifications.
Regarding the last 160 days, it is important to note that a candidate for Lopatcong Mayor needs only 50 petition signatures to run for office. What that demonstrates is that almost anyone can run for Mayor. What Tom McKay’s election demonstrated is that you don’t have to be competent, ethical or of good morale character to get elected. But what the Recall demonstrated is that some 25% percent of the registered voters in Town – more than half of the people who voted in the 2014 election – don’t want him in office. While we do not yet know whether the signatures collected are sufficient to get the recall question on the ballot, we do know that that in less than 18 months, Tom McKay has rendered himself unelectable.
Regardless of the outcome, there were no winners in this process. That Tom McKay’s behavior lead even one Lopatcong voter to believe that a recall was necessary or appropriate is ultimately a reflection on his failed leadership and indicative of the negative impact his tenure has had on our Community.