Campaign signs may stick around for weeks after Election Day

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Campaign signs from dozens of New Jersey candidates are stuck along roadways and on lawns across the Garden State.

But what happens to those signs after Election Day?

Laws on cleanup vary by town, but it isn’t very clear who is responsible to get rid of them.

Many New Jersey residents say that by the time Election Day has come and gone, they are tired of seeing the signs.

“People should take care of it themselves,” says Metuchen resident Mike Geschlecht. “Anybody strong enough to go out and put a political sign up is certainly strong enough to take it down.”

Edison resident Mike Linkin also says that he thinks it should be the owner’s responsibility.

“We shouldn’t have to pay someone, or my taxes shouldn’t have to pay someone to remove the sign,” he says. “If you put a sign or anything else up, you’re responsible to remove it.”

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will typically remove signs they find on work sites or along roadways.

Most towns do put the responsibility on the candidate or political party to remove the signs.

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