NUTLEY, NJ - At the June 19 open public meeting of the Nutley Board of Commissioners, resident Michael Evangelista, member of the group NJ 11th For Change, raised a question about why he was turned down by the township attorney for having the group set up a “get out the vote” effort at the Farmers’ Market. He was told it was because it had political affiliation. Evangelista said however the group has never endorsed a candidate or a party.
Township Attorney Alan Genitempo responded asking where does the town draw the line and although the group is 501C3 that it was more political than he claims it to be. He said you don’t have to endorse a candidate to be political. If one is allowed they are all going to be allowed.
Evangelista was not happy with the response and asked if he as a private citizen would be stopped at the Farmers’ Market if he handed out voting flyers from the government website. Genitempo said he would not receive space or support and that he should check with his attorney to see what his rights are and are not.
The Nutley Farmers Market takes place every Sunday in Municipal Lot No. 9 next to the site of the former Ciccolini Brothers on Franklin Ave.
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