POINT PLEASANT BEACH - (AP) - New Jersey's Supreme Court won't try to block an effort to recall the mayor of a Jersey shore town.

The court's chief justice, without comment, denied a last-minute appeal from Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella.

Barrella has spent more than $42,000 in legal costs fighting to keep the $6,500 part-time job.

His lawyer argued in court papers that one of the signatures on the recall petition was of a voter who died more than a year before Barrella was elected in 2007.

The mayor told the Asbury Park Press he thought the court might find a dead person's signature "even in New Jersey one might argue that is a bit extreme."

Barrella will be removed from office if he is defeated in the Nov. 2 recall.