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Cardinale: Yudin endorsed Democrats because of McCain

State Senator says president’s treatment of late U.S. senator at heart of defection

By Nikita Biryukov, October 29 2018 2:33 pm

State Sen. Gerald Cardinale said former Bergen Country Republican Chairman Bob Yudin’s endorsement of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Josh Gottheimer has more to do with President Donald Trump’s treatment of late U.S. Sen. John McCain than it has to do with the candidates themselves.

“It’s all about McCain,” Cardinale said. “Bob Yudin was incensed that Trump, his remarks on whether McCain was a hero or not back in the primary days, and he’s felt that way for a long time.”

Cardinale said he hasn’t spoken with Yudin since the latter Republican defected and endorsed Democrats in this year’s midterms.

Cardinale’s take of the situation largely aligns with Yudin’s own statements on the matter.

“We Americans must continue to oppose the evil that is President Trump,” Yudin wrote in an op-ed in the Bergen Record published last week. “We need Congress to exercise its oversight duties.”

Yudin told the New Jersey Globe that he was only endorsing Democrats at a federal level. He’ll still vote for Republican candidates in this year’s contests for Bergen County Executive, Sheriff and Freeholder.

Aside from Yudin’s stated problems with the president, Cardinale said the endorsements might also be related to a lingering feud over funds the Bergen County Republican Organization.

“He’s also in a battle with the BCRO over money that he lent to the BCRO, and they don’t want to give it back to him,” Cardinale said. “I don’t know if that had anything to do with his very surprising endorsement. I don’t think he likes Menendez based on my conversations with him.”

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