Calling a politician a mobster is defensible if you believeit to be true, or if it’s such obvious hyperbole that no one elsewould believe it to be true, the state Supreme Court ruled onTuesday.

That means state Sen. John Lynch’s libel suit against theNew Jersey Education Association is dismissed, since Lynch, apublic figure, can’t show that the union published certainstatements in 1991 campaign fliers with knowledge of theirfalsity or with reckless disregard for the truth.