RIVER EDGE, N.J. -- Beleaguered Assembly candidate and River Edge Councilman Anthony Cappola, whose Republican party ended on Wednesday an effort to replace him on the ballot, says he is back in the race and running to clear his name, according to a report on Politico New Jersey.
State Republicans dropped their court battle to replace Cappola because they would have had to bear the cost of printing and mailing new ballots to 38th District voters, and State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick of Union said it was simply too expensive, according to a story in NorthJersey.com.
Cappola told Politico New Jersey he is “ready to start campaigning again.” Since his name wasn’t removed from the ballot, he now has a “unique opportunity” to clear his name, he told PolitickerNJ.com. He said he stepped down when state Republicans asked him to because he’s a team player, but it wasn’t what he really wanted to do.
He said he thought it would be over when he stepped down, but it’s not, Politico New Jersey said.
Cappola stepped down as District 38 Republican Assembly candidate after a book he wrote in 2003 came to light, provided to the media by political opponents. Called “Outrageous,” the book has alternatively been described as “satire” by some and “offensive garbage” by Cappola’s running mate, Lodi lawyer Mark DiPisa. The book reportedly negatively depicted gays, blacks, Muslims, seniors and other groups, according to NorthJersey.com.
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