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Lagana gives Juliano high marks

Bergen Dem Chair leads one of the state’s strongest party organizations

By Nikita Biryukov, September 10 2019 2:59 pm

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Paul Juliano got high marks from State Sen. Joe Lagana for his first few months at the head of the state’s most populous county.

“He’s doing amazing. His knowledge and experience of the party so many years before him becoming chairman have translated well in his first few months that he’s been there,” Lagana said. “He enjoys great respect among local party leaders, people that he’s just being introduced to for the first time.”

For years, Republicans held an iron grip on Bergen County, but Democrats usurped that hold under chairman Lou Stellato, who recently gave up his party post for a job at the New Jersey Sports Authority.

When Juliano took control of the party this summer, it was already a Democratic powerhouse that helped deliver huge statewide margins to State Sen. Bob Menendez during his 2018 re-election race.

Lagana suggested the current chairman would continue to use Bergen County’s population to push its interests at a statewide level.

“He’s taking on a Democratic party that has done very well under the previous chairman. I’m sure he’s going to continue that going forward,” Lagana said. “I think he’s going to play statewide, and he’s making relationships with other leaders throughout the state to make sure Bergen County is the class A county that it is, and I have great faith in his leadership abilities.”

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