Judge sets trial date for Jersey City Councilwoman accused of being a Floridian

A lawsuit aimed at removing Jersey City Councilwoman Nidia Rivera Lopez from office is going to court. Hudson County Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli refused to dismiss a suit filed by Lopez's former opponent, Jimmy King, and says he will hear evidence that she did not meet the residency requirements to run for office last May because she was actually a resident of Florida. Depositions will be held in August, and a trial has been set for the first week in October.

Lopez defeated King for the seat held by Steve Lipski, who did not seek re-election after he was charged with urinating on a crowd of people during a concert in Washington, D.C.

Judge sets trial date for Jersey City Councilwoman accused of being a Floridian