Rockaway bans police officer from running in neighboring town

Conrad Pepperman is going to court in a bid to invalidate a Rockaway Borough ordinance that prohibits municipal employees from running for public office in another municipality. A police officer, he is seeking a seat in Mine Hill.

Here is a potential witness list for Pepperman:

  • State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, who is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in North Bergen, where he also serves as Mayor. Sacco can be an expert witness on the "doctrine of compatibility." Other doctrine of compatibility witnesses include: Morris County Freeholder William Chegwidden, who is the Mayor of Wharton and a history teacher at Morris Knolls High School; State Sen. Paul Sarlo, who is the Mayor of Wood-Ridge and the municipal engineer for Carlstadt.
  • Two Assemblymen can be expert witnesses on working for local government while holding public office: Vincent Prieto is the Secaucus Construction Code official and Frederick Scalera was the Nutley Deputy Fire Chief; he now works for Essex County. State Sen. Teresa Ruiz is the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Essex County Executive, and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver is the Assistant Essex County Administrator.
  • Edward Wacks, the municipal attorney for Rockaway borough and the lawyer who is fighting Pepperman, also serves as the municipal attorney for Allamuchy and Frelinghuysen townships.