N.J. high court stops Menendez recall effort

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled that a recall committee cannot continue with its attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.By a vote of 4-to-2, the court said the New Jersey law that allows  recalls of federal officials violates the U.S. Constitution.RoseAnn Salanitri is president of the tea party-inspired group that mounted the recall effort because it opposed the senator’s votes on health care and the energy bill known as cap and trade.”We were prepared for this decision and we see it as an opportunity to open the doors for the entire nation because we intend to bring this to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Salanitri Thursday.Menendez said he’s gratified by the state Supreme Court decision.”I didn’t let this effort deter me. I’m glad it’s behind us,” he said. “And I think any appeal to the United States Supreme Court will be futile.”Menendez’ current term in the Senate runs until 2012.

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