Frank Pallotta has picked up a major endorsement in his bid for the GOP congressional nomination in New Jersey’s 5th district: State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest), a hugely popular 12-term incumbent with an enormous following about conservative Republican primary voters.
Cardinale’s endorsement comes despite Bergen County Republicans giving former Cresskill Councilman John McCann the organization line.
“Over the course of this campaign, I have seen how Frank has made it a priority to connect with each community and Republican leader individually at all levels in building his campaign,” Cardinale said. “He listens with an open heart and considers the issues with a critical – not a political – mind. I know he will serve our District with distinction in Washington, D.C., not only delivering results for our hardworking voters here, but also protecting the unborn and promoting a culture of life.”
Pallotta, an investment banker, also has the backing of Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale).
The winner of the Republican primary will likely face Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in a politically-competitive district that Donald Trump carried four years ago.
Cardinale is the longest-serving Republican legislator in New Jersey history. He was elected to the Senate in 1981 after two years in the assembly and stints as a mayor and councilman in Demarest.
He broke the Senate record set by Frank “Hap” Farley (R-Ventnor), who served from 1941 to 1972.
The record for longest-serving legislator in New Jersey history is held by Richard J. Codey (D-Roseland). He was elected to the Assembly in 1973, at age 26, and to the Senate with Cardinale in 1981. He also served fourteen months as governor of New Jersey from 2004 to 2006.
“I am truly honored and humbled to have received the endorsement of Senator Cardinale, a leader, whose character and integrity are unmatched in New Jersey’s history,” Pallotta said. “I have long admired the way Senator Cardinale always stands up for his principles and the care he offers to each of his constituents. He is an example to us all of how a true public servant should be.”
Pallotta has the organization line in Passaic County and the support of the Sussex County GOP Chairman.