BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced he will go to court to fight a state decision that kicked him off the ballot for the November general election.

Finch had announced he would run under the Jobs Creation Party after losing the Democratic primary.

The Secretary of the State's Office said yesterday that party will not be allowed on the November ballot.

State officials say the party missed a Sep. 2 deadline to endorse a candidate for mayor, meaning they cannot put someone on the ballot now.

Finch calls the decision a product of red tape and is confident he'll receive a fair hearing.

Democratic mayoral candidate Joe Ganim says it's time for Finch to step aside and let the party to unite.