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Former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot. (Photo: Paul DeGroot).

DeGroot wins Passaic GOP line in bid to challenge Sherrill

Pallotta, Prempeh get Passaic Republican organization support for second congressional runs

By David Wildstein, January 27 2022 9:55 pm

In the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, Passaic County Republicans awarded the organization line to Paul DeGroot, a political newcomer and former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor.

DeGroot defeated six Republicans candidates – and one possible candidate, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) – in his bid to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

In the 5th district, investment banker Frank Pallotta will again have the Passaic GOP line for his rematch against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th district.  He defeated Nick De Gregorio, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A third candidate, businessman Fred Schneiderman, appeared before the screening committee but said he would not compete for the line.

While Passaic represents small portions of the 5th and 11th districts, the GOP line in the 9th district makes U.S. Air Force veteran Billy Prempeh the front-runner for a rematch against Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).  Prempeh defeated realtor Patrick Quinn.

Vote tallies were not released.

As expected, Passaic County Republicans picked former Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald to take on Democratic Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

Former Ringwood Deputy Mayor Bill Marsala, who came within 648 votes of winning a race for county commissioner last year, will run again in 2022.  He’s teaming up with Paterson PBA President Alex Cruz.

Nicolino Gallo ousted incumbent County Commissioner Assad Akhter last November, becoming the first Republican commissioner to win since 2009.

“Troy Oswald is among the best candidates we could put forth and he will make an exceptional Sheriff. Alex Cruz and Bill Marsala are both tough, law-and-order professionals who will make excellent Commissioners,” said Peter Murphy, the GOP county chairman.  “Our campaign efforts will get them over the top this year and restore some balance to Passaic County government.”

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