As time marches on … it’s easy to forget when there’s still unfinished business.

The decisive Atlantic City, New Jersey (2023) 5th Ward City Council race is still not over.

The Atlantic City, New Jersey City Council balance of power is currently a fragile 5-4 in favor of Mayor Marty Small.

The Atlantic City 5th Ward City Council seat is the decisive race that decided who the City Council President would be … as well as if Small would retain control of the Atlantic City Council.

The stakes couldn’t be higher.

By the morning after General Election Day, 2023, 5th Ward, incumbent Democratic Councilman Muhammad "Anjum" Zia led his Republican challenger, Maria Lacca by a narrow margin of 441 to 428 … with the vote-by-mail ballots left to count.

Zia widened his lead after the vote-by-mail ballots were factored in … leaving a still very close election.

Atlantic City Councilman George Tibbitt, along with many others, have long maintained that Zia does not live in Atlantic City.

They believe that Zia actually lives in Egg Harbor Township.

Lacca maintains that Zia did not win the 2023 General Election on the merits and she is seeking remedy in the courtroom of New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Blee.

The original court dates had been set for Wednesday, May 15, 2024 and Friday, May 17, 2024.

The court dates have now been moved to Friday, May 31, 2024 and Friday, June 7, 2024.

Beyond Lacca’s belief that Zia did not actually win the election … should it be proven that Zia does not live in Atlantic City … he could face serious consequences, legal and otherwise.


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