New Jersey Supreme Court Finds Violation Of Free Speech By Banning Giant Rat Balloon At Protest.

In State v. DeAngelo, the unanimous Court found that a Lawrence Township ordinance which prohibited ” banners, pennants, streamers…portable signs, balloons or other inflated signs ( except grand opening signs)” was unduly restrictive of free speech and expression. The case stemmed from IBEW Local 269 being fined for using a giant inflatable rat to protest a Gold’s Gym being built without union labor. The Court found the protest protected by state and federal constitutions, as to both labor and content.