The ACLU-NJ has successfully defended the right to political free speech on numerous occasions where towns have tried to limit the amount of time a person can keep a political lawn sign on their property.
In February, Stanley Goodman, a leader of an organization called SAVE Wyckoff, contacted the ACLU-NJ about a Wyckoff ordinance that only allows political signs to remain on private property for 30 days. Goodman’s organization has hundreds of signs on lawns across the township opposing a local development project. When the township tried to enforce the ordinance, Goodman reached out to the ACLU-NJ, which sent Wyckoff Township a letter letting them know the ordinance is unconstitutional. Courts throughout the country, including in New Jersey, have consistently struck down ordinances that placed durational limits on political signs displayed on private property.
The ACLU-NJ has also filed successful lawsuits against the Borough of Hawthorne in 2008 and the Borough of Franklin Lakes in 2001 over the issue.
- Wyckoff - Letter (238 KB pdf)