In what might be a referendum on the political power of their editorial page, The (Bergen Record) has endorsed independent Robert Tormo for Bergen County Sheriff.
A former state trooper, Tormo is one of five candidates seeking the seat of Democrat Michael Saudino, who resigned in September after being caught on tape making racist and homophobic remarks.
Independent candidates typically receive low single digit percentages. If Tormo is unable to break out of that mold, it could give the impression that a Bergen Record endorsement is irrelevant.
The favorite is Democrat Anthony Cureton, a former Bergen County NAACP president. He faces Hasbrouck Heights mayor Jack DeLorenzo, the Republican, and two other independent candidates: Saddle Brook police chief Robert Kugler and attorney James Ahearn, a former police officer.
The Record editorial board says it narrowed down their choices to Tormo and DeLorenzo.
“IN this partisan age, we like that Tormo is an independent, not beholden to either the Democrat or Republican power structures in the county. We think Tormo will be a settling influence on the department and will adjust to the vast management responsibilities that go with the job,” the newspaper said. “The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department needs desperately to turn the page, and we think Tormo has the best disposition to accomplish that in short order.”