Peter Varasola, who ran against Bret Schundler in a GOP State Senate primary and then became Jersey City municipal prosecutor after Schundler became mayor, died on April 26. He was 71. Varsalona served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. In 1991, he sought the Republican nomination for State Senate in the Bayonne/Jersey City-based 31st district, but lost the primary to Schundler by a 63%-37% margin. Schundler held three-term State Sen. Edward O’Connor (D-Jersey City) to a 55%-45% margin and was elected mayor in a 1992 special election.
John Kline, a former Green Brook school board member, died on April 23 while quarantined at Ocean Medical Center. He was 80. Kline served in the military police at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, and is a former chief of the Green Brook Volunteer Fire Department.
Cherie La Pelusa, the wife of Bayonne Councilman Gary La Pelusa, died on April 28 of coronavirus.