Cory Booker’s teammate on the championship Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan football team in 1985 is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor in Harrington Park, where the Democratic presidential candidate grew up.
Vincent Forma, now an executive with SB One Bank, announced today that he will challenge incumbent Paul Hoelcher, 78, an independent who has been mayor since 1992.
Forma told the New Jersey Globe that he has not discussed his campaign with his former teammate, but said he has been hoping Booker would run for president for the last few years.
“I’m a big supporter of Booker, Forma said. “He’s an all-around great guy.”
The two graduated high school one year apart but were inducted into the Northern Valley Regional High School Hall of Fame together in 2012.
Forma is expected to be unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Republicans have run someone against Hoelcher off and on over the years, but without success.
“I want to do something good for the future of Harrington Park,” said Forma.
Once a Republican stronghold, Hillary Clinton carried Harrington Park by 235 votes, 53%-44%, against Donald Trump in 2016.
Booker was named to the All-State second team during his senior year in 1986 and was on the Bergen Record’s All-Bergen tight that year.