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New Jersey Man Faces Fine, Jail Time Over Trump Sign

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A New Jersey man’s flags of support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may require him to pay a fine, or possibly serve time in jail.

Since February, Joe Hornick has had a "Trump Make America Great Again" flag flying outside of his West Long Branch home near Monmouth University campus, NBC New York reports.

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He currently flies two Trump flags day and night and lights them up when it’s dark outside.

"I'm not a football fan, I'm not a sports fan, but I'm surely a Donald Trump fan," Hornick told NBC New York.

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He was recently cited for his political signage because it was on display more than 30 days before an election, which is prohibited in his borough. The New Jersey primary is scheduled for June 7.

Hornick had previously filed reports with the West Long Branch police, saying his flags had been vandalized, the Associated Press reports. He thought the police came to his home to respond to the reports, but instead, they ticketed him.

He may be required to pay a fine between $100 and $2,000, spend 90 days in jail, or both.

The flags have been ripped down five times so far from Hornick’s property, but it hasn’t stopped him from putting them back up, according to NBC New York.

"Let them come, let them rip those flags down because I have a warehouse on alert, and I'll put up a flag every time they tear one down," he said.

Hornick will appear in court to fight his political signage ticket, and he is prepared for the consequences if the case does not go his way.

"I'm not taking the flag down, and if I do 90 days in jail, I'll do 90 days in jail," he said.

Hornick is such a strong supporter of Trump that he has vowed to shred his voter registration card and never vote again if the candidate loses the election.

Hornick's court date is scheduled for April 20, the AP notes.

Sources: NBC New York, AP via U.S. News & World Report / Photo Source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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