Saddle River Councilman John Azzaritti will seek an open State Assembly seat in the 39th district.
He’ll seek the seat that Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) is giving up to challenge State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) for the Republican nomination. The 86-year-old Cardinale, who first won the Senate seat in 1981, said on Saturday that he will proceed with his bid for a 13th term despite Schepisi’s decision to run against him.
Azzaritti is expected to run with Schepisi, several sources confirmed with the New Jersey Globe.
Eight Republican mayors in the 39th district announced their support of Schepisi on Saturday, including Saddle RIver Mayor Al Karpis.
In a tweet on Sunday, former Saddle River GOP Municipal Chairman Jon Kurpis, the mayor’s son, said he would back incumbent Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) and Azzaritti for the Assembly.
“This decision is final and not subject to change,” he said. “As for Senate, I will wait and see what each candidate offers and make my decision accordingly.”
Azzaritti was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Borough Council in July 2020 and ran unopposed for a full term last November. He is an anesthesiologist at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and the former president of the New Jersey Society of Anesthesiologists.
Closter Mayor John Glidden is also in the race.
Earlier today, Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo said he has decided not to run for the Assembly.