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State Sen. Holly Schepisi, right, and Assemblyman Bob Auth in 2019. (Photo: Facebook.)

Auth backs Schepisi for Senate, will seek re-election to Assembly

Bergen assemblyman backing DeFuccio for soon-to-be-open 39th district Assembly seat

By David Wildstein, March 19 2021 12:24 pm

Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) has ruled out running for the State Senate and will seek re-election to his 39th district Assembly seat in the June Republican primary.

Auth came within eight votes of winning the seat earlier this month in a special election convention against Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale).  Both competed for the unexpired term of Gerald Cardinale, who died on February 20 at age 86.

“We’ve got a new senator and we’ve got to support her,” Auth said. “I’m trying to be a good soldier.”

Instead, Auth will focus on an upcoming special election convention for the Assembly seat Schepisi must vacate by March 25 to be sworn in as a new senator.

“I’m trying to get my choice for Assembly, DeAnne DeFuccio, across the finish line,” he said.

DeFuccio, an Upper Saddle River councilwoman and granddaughter of the late State Sen. William F. Kelly (D-Jersey City), faces Saddle River Councilman John Azzariti and Closter Mayor John Glidden for the second Assembly seat.

Auth, a longtime aide to Cardinale before his own election to the legislature in 2013, ran for Senate with the backing of the senator’s widow, Carole.

Azzariti had been Schepisi’s choice before the race was reset last month.

Schepisi is already positioned to have immediate power in Trenton after Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Rachel Wainer Apter to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Under the unwritten but immovable rule of senatorial courtesy that allows any senator to effectively cancel a nomination in their home county or legislative district, Schepisi must sign off on Wainer Apter, an Englewood resident, before her nomination can get a confirmation vote.

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