Is this a yard sign, or a flag?
Joe Hornick is a former firefighter, and a Republican, in a GOP-controlled town, and he’s been proudly flying his Trump flags since February at his home in West Long Branch. At night he lights them up, one on each side of his home, which is on a busy corner near the Monmouth University campus.
So far, vandals have ripped down his flags five times, but Hornick has a supply on hand, and he puts a new flag right back up every time.
He has called police to report the vandalism to his flags each time, so when two officers arrived at his home on March 25th, he thought they were there to take a report. Instead, they presented him with a ticket – for violating an ordinance prohibiting the public display of political lawns signs more than 30 days before an election. A distant neighbor and former Democratic city councilman had complained.
Hornick says the ordinance doesn’t apply to him because he’s flying flags on a flag pole – not displaying lawn signs. He contends banning his flags is a violation of his right to free speech.
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Now he’s facing an April 20 court day, and a possible 90 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.
“I’m not a football fan, I’m not a sports fan, but I’m surely a Donald Trump fan,” he said. “I’m not taking those flags down, and if I do 90 days in jail, I’ll do 90 days in jail.”
The New Jersey primary is June 7. If Trump loses, Hornick says he’ll shred his voter registration card and never vote again… and he’ll keep flying his Trump flags.
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