It looks like former Paramus councilman Alan Brundage is out of the race for the Republican nomination for Bergen County Sheriff.
The favorite to win tonight’s convention continues to be Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo. He’ll face 80-year-old Midland Park Mayor Harry Shortway and Lewis Morrell, a former president of PBA Local 134 and a retired sheriff’s officer.
DeLorenzo has the backing of Republican County Chairman Jack Zisa.
Shortway is a former Bergen County Undersheriff who worked for Michael Saudino. He won 43% of the vote as the GOP candidate for Sheriff against incumbent Leo McGuire in 2007 and lost a 2017 Republican primary for Bergen County Freeholder by a 2-1 margin.
Morrell has been through the aftermaths of Bergen Sheriff scandals before: he was the union president in 2001 when Democrat Joseph Ciccone resigned after pleading guilty to charges that he sold honorary deputy sheriff badges to campaign contributors. Morrell had been a leading critic of Ciccone, whose 1998 victory became the foundation of then-Democratic County Chairman Joseph Ferriero’s fledgling political machine.
Saudino, a Democrat, resigned after WYNY released a recording of him making racist and homophobic comments.