Woodcliff Lake mayor Carlos Rendo has endorsed Frank Pallotta for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district.
Rendo was the GOP candidate for Lt. Governor in 2017.
“I am supporting Frank Pallotta for Congress because he is the right leader for the job. His finance background, private-sector successes, and hands-on approach to solving problems are badly needed in our party and exactly what the district requires,” said Rendo. “I call on all Republican Mayors and leaders in the 5th Congressional district to do the same and endorse Frank because he is the leader who can win.”
The race to find an opponent for two-term Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) was upended again this week when Bergen County GOP chairman Jack Zisa awarded the organization line to former Cresskill councilman John McCann.
That caused Montvale mayor Michael Ghassali to drop out of the race and endorse McCann.
Zisa’s decision followed the cancellation of the Bergen GOP convention in accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order banning large gatherings.
Instead, Zisa relied on the vote of the screening committee, which backed McCann.
McCann is seeking a rematch against Gottheimer, who defeated him by a 56%-42% margin in 2018.
Pallotta has the organization line in Passaic County and the endorsement of Sussex County GOP Chairman Jerry Scanlan.