In an overwhelming display of support, Republican leaders in Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties are quickly signing on as backers of a new 40th district for 2023 that includes State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) and Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff) for re-election on a ticket that includes Al Barlas, the Essex County GOP Chairman, for the State Assembly.
Republican municipal chairs in Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Franklin Lakes, Little Falls, North Caldwell, Totowa, Verona, Wayne, West Caldwell, Woodland Park and Wyckoff were included in an endorsement list for the Corrado, DePhillips and Barlas ticket.
Former Assemblyman David Russo (R-Ridgewood), who represented the 40th for 28 years until his retirement in 2017, has also endorsed Corrado, DePhillips and Barlas.
Two county chairman, Peter Murphy of Passaic and Jack Zisa of Bergen, had already indicated their support of the two incumbents and Barlas, along with Essex GOP Vice Chair Mary Devon O’Brien and Bergen GOP District 40 Chairman Drita McNamara.
The list of endorsements includes the mayor of the largest town in the district, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano, and Wayne GOP Municipal Chairman Brian Burns.
With the addition of six additional Essex County municipalities in legislative redistricting, party leaders in Bergen and Passaic validated the need for geographic balance for the slate in next year’s election.
Corrado DePhillips Barlas endorsements 10 Nov 2022