"Arguing for the city, attorney Andrew Bayer claimed the ordinance rested on shaky legal grounds. He said it undercut the power of future mayors and city councils to create an MUA."
“(The ordinance) says thou shalt not create an MUA, unless you get voter approval,” Bayer said. “That’s backwards.”
Superior Court Judge Dennis Carey granted Newark’s motion, enabling the Mayor to create a municipal utilities authority without having to have the question raised on referendum.