Judge pulls Sarlo opponent off ballot

State Sen. Paul Sarlo is running unopposed for now, after a state Administrative Law Judge ruled today that Republican Michael Guarino failed to file enough signatures to secure a place on the June primary ballot. The Judge disqualified two signatures, bring Guarino, a former Lyndhurst school board member and Bergen County Health Inspector, to 99 signatures — one short of the total required by law.

That leaves the GOP without a candidate in a district where they held a legislative seat as recently as January 2006. Guarino says he might appeal, or run as a write-in candidate in the primary.

“Today’s ruling is a blow to democracy, but it is one that we will overcome. I will not let Paul Sarlo and his EnCap cronies go unchallenged,” said Guarino. “I am disappointed that the judge did not see fit to uphold democracy in considering my petition for candidacy,” said Guarino.

“In a state where the courts have bent over backwards to guarantee competitive elections, it is surprising to see a decision that denies the people a choice," Guarino said.

Judge pulls Sarlo opponent off ballot