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State Sen. Paul Sarlo. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

GOP candidates against Sarlo, Schaer, Calabrese drop out

Petition deficiencies cost Republicans their candidates

By David Wildstein, April 12 2021 8:58 am

Republicans in the 36th district have withdrawn their candidates for State Senate and State Assembly just before a judge was set to hear a challenge to their petitions on Monday morning.

That leaves Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) and Assemblymen Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park) without GOP opposition in the 2021 general election.

Chris Auriemma, an Iraq combat veteran and volunteer firefighter, had sought to take on Sarlo in the heavily-Democratic legislative district, but his nominating petitions faced a series of problems.

Bergen County Democrats had alleged that Auriemma didn’t have the requisite number of legal signatures needed to get on the ballot.

Neither did the State Assembly candidates on his ticket: his brother, Craig Auriemma, and Ana Castillo.

Sarlo, Schaer and Calabrese could still face an opponent in November if a Republican can get 100 write-in votes in the June 8 primary election.

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