Campaign sign vandalism is a criminal act

The destruction, vandalism, and removal of political campaign signs is a criminal act .  Violations carry a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to six months for each act if convicted.

In Warren County, the prosecutor has said that he would bring charges against anyone who is seen "engaging in such behavior, regardless of political affiliation," adding, "I am instructing all law enforcement personnel with this County to be alert to this unlawful activity and to see that violators are charged... I respectfully request all campaign managers and candidates for office to remind their supported and workers that candidates for office spend money and time to print and post campaign signs. This is a part of the election process that should not be and will not be disturbed by vandals without penalty.”

Over the past two weeks, several citizens have contacted Watchdog about people destroying political signs on roads in Sussex County.  Without exception, the reports we've received have concerned signs targeted and vandalized belonging to Senator Steve Oroho and his running mates Assemblyman Parker Space and Assembly candidate Hal Wirths. 

If you see this activity, photograph or videotape it if you can.  Take down the license plate number and get good descriptions of the wouldbe  criminals.  You can forward the information directly to the county prosecutor's offices. 

Sussex County Prosecutor

19-21 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Telephone (973) 383-1570

Warren County Prosecutor
413 Second Street
Belvidere, New Jersey 07823
Telephone: (908) 475-6275

If you observe State Department of Transportation crews favoring one candidate over another, removing some candidates' signs but not others, photograph or videotape and take down the license plate number of the official vehicle being used.  Then contact the Department of Transportation:


Inspector General

New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue

PO Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625

Telephone: (609) 530-3091

 

Good luck catching your bad guy!