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New Jersey: judge stops borough from English-only referendum

NorthJersey.com reports: The borough [of Bogota] cannot place a question on the November ballot asking voters if they want to recognize English as the town's official language, a judge ruled Friday.

State Superior Court Judge Estela De La Cruz upheld Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan's decision last month to reject the proposed non-binding referendum.

De La Cruz agreed with Donovan that Bogota has no power to make English its official language. Under state law, ballot questions may only address issues that a town can act upon. The judge said state statutes already govern the use of language by municipalities. -- North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classifieds for Northern New Jersey!

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