Court: New Jersey's most dangerous city deserved police vote

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 1:13 PM

New Jersey's top court says the public should have had a chance to vote on an ordinance that would have derailed the police-force reboot in New Jersey's most dangerous city.

But the state Supreme Court says in an opinion released Tuesday that it's too late for a vote now on that measure in Camden.

In 2013, the city eliminated its police department and replaced it with a new one run by the Camden County government.

A group of activists petitioned for a public vote to stop the changeover, but a lower-court judge rejected their efforts.

The state Supreme Court disagreed but says holding the vote now would require a new petition drive — and the measure would be subject to the veto of the state Community Affairs commissioner.