New Jersey town boots mayor out of office for lack of residency

    Yet another New Jersey politician is on the receiving end of a residency challenge. This one got him booted from office.

    As Senate candidate Carl Lewis faces challenges to his residency, Stafford Township Mayor John McMenamin has already been declared a non-resident.


    The Ocean County township’s council voted today to declare the office vacant, the Associated Press reports, saying McMenamin really lives in Surf City, Long Beach Island.

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    McMenamin says the Surf City house is a second home, but hasn’t decided whether to fight the motion. Council President Stan Rutkowski will serve as acting mayor until a new one is chosen within the next 30 days.

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