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Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River-Vale)

State PBA backs Schepisi for Senate

By Nikita Biryukov, March 05 2021 1:09 pm

The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association endorsed Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) for late State Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s seat in the upper chamber Friday.

“At a time when so many politicians are standing silent and placing the lives of law enforcement at risk we need an ally in Trenton who will put public safety before politics and who will always have our back,” State PBA President Pat Colligan said in a statement. “That’s why we stand with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi in her campaign for State Senate.”

Schepisi and her running mate, Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan), a longtime friend and former staffer to Cardinale, are engaged in an increasingly acrid fight to succeed the senator.

Earlier Friday, Auth accused Schepisi and the Bergen County Republican Organization of sending out a press release saying the two Assembly Republicans were running together, with Schepisi the pick for Senate.

Auth told the New Jersey Globe he would not seek a seat in the upper chamber before the press release went out Thursday but announced he would run for Senate after all later in the day.

“During her time in the State Assembly, Holly has been a consistent champion for our membership and she has always kept her word to stand up for the men and women of law enforcement,” Colligan said. “Furthermore, Holly was the only voice in her District pushing back against the absurdity of not allowing parental notification by law enforcement when an underage child is caught using marijuana.”

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