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Paramus Councilman Chris DiPiazza. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Christie-linked super PAC boosting GOP council candidates in Paramus

Mailer raises alarms over borough housing project

By Nikita Biryukov, October 14 2020 11:59 am

An independent expenditure group created last year by allies of former Gov. Chris Christie is boosting Republican council candidates in Paramus.

The group, Just the Facts New Jersey, sent a mailer backing Councilman Chris DiPiazza and former councilman Mike Rohdieck and raising alarms over housing development project in the borough.

“Paramus is under construction and under siege from greedy developers,” the mailer says, its other side urging residents to back the Republicans.

John Lutz, who Christie appointed to the New Jersey Economic Authority as an alternate, and Pete Sheridan, a longtime aide to Christie, launched Just the Facts last July to “fight back against entrenched special interest money that has been flowing in on behalf of Democrat legislative candidates over the last decade.”

Christie gave the group $10,000 last year.

Dominick Minervini and Councilwoman MariaElena Bellinger, the Democratic candidates, see the group’s link to the former governor as their path to undercutting its messaging.

“When he was Governor, Chris Christie tried to end our Blue Laws and force Paramus to give up our one day of peace and quiet,” they said in a joint statement. “Does it shock anyone that Christie’s Super PAC is trying to elect Michael Rohdieck, the same candidate who also called for the end of Blue Laws? The Paramus First team will always fight to protect our Blue Laws and our quality of life.”

Blue laws date back to America’s Puritan roots. They bar the sale of non-essential goods, like clothing and appliances, on Sundays.

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