Well, I'm probably going to increase your angst, but I have no choice other than to provide the unvarnished truth, here, and it is not favorable to your cause.Unless there is a federal question (a federal statute or constitutional issue directly raised by the plaintiff on the face of his/her complaint), then removal jurisdiction can only arise under diversity jurisdiction. And here's the rub: Even if there is complete diversity, removal is not allowed if “any of the parties in interest properly joined and served as defendants is a citizen of the State in which such action is brought.” 28 USC § 1441(b)(2); Spencer v. United States Dist. Ct. for Northern Dist. of Calif. (Altec Industries, Inc.) (9th Cir. 2004) 393 F3d 867, 870.Since you state that there are NJ defendants, you cannot remove this case from the NJ state courts (unless I'm missing something important, and I don't think that I am). Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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