On Thursday May 5, a Cedar Grove judge rescinded a failure to appear warrant issued for Orange Councilman Kerry Coley on Wednesday May 4. The warrant had been issued after allegations that Coley stole lawn campaign signs supporting his competitor in the Orange mayor’s race, Mayor Dwayne Warren.
According to a report on NJ.com, Coley’s team called the ticket and subsequent warrant “bogus.”
The issue with the signs started earlier this week after Warren’s campaign circulated a photo of what appears to be Coley with Warren signs in the trunk of an SUV. Coley claimed on his facebook page that the photo depicted him swapping lawn signs for residents who had changed their minds on which candidate they would be supporting.
According to a press release issued by Coley’s Team Orange on Thursday, the move was an attempt by Warren to “divert attention from Orange issues such as high property taxes, increasing and rampant crime, and questionable and illegal budgetary practices utilized by the Warren Administration, as well as its association to Republican Gov. Chris Christie and other non-Democratic affiliations.”
The warrant was issued by Cedar Grove Judge Nicholas J. Brindisi.
A press release circulated by Warren’s team on Tuesday quoted a source that urged Coley to “turn himself in to the appropriate law enforcement officials.”
Former zoning board chairwoman Janice Morrell is also running for mayor. The three candidates will face off on Tuesday May 10.