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The Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan football team won the state championship in 1985. Players included U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Harrington Park Democratic mayoral candidate Vinny Forma

Cory Booker’s high school football teammate running for mayor

Democrat Vinny Forma running in Harrington Park

By David Wildstein, March 28 2019 3:29 pm

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.

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  1. Having read your pitch for the mayorship, I have several questions that I hope you will take the time to answer. I was raised in HP , having moved there in 1963, my mother still resides on William Street and we have seen many a municipal administrator come and go. As a caretaker and advocate for my mother as well as other seniors in town, I have some deep concerns regarding your post, herewith included:

    Are you suggesting that the current leadership under Paul Hoelscher is somehow lacking? Indeed there has never been a mayor who has attended more events, both of a solemn and celebratory nature, parades, and town festivities than anyone preceding him. So please be specific.

    Why would anyone want to attract more business to the town? It cannot be both ways in maintaining the nature and complexion of so beautiful and bucolic a borough.

    As you know, the state is cash strapped and infrastructure funding has been cut back significantly. Drive around any town here in the state. Please detail your plan to acquire road repair funds to do so specific to HP.

    I personally find your promises vague and lacking in specificity and substantive potential action. Yes, we are Paul supporters because of his deeds not his words, all these many years. I will need to meet with Mom and friends with the aforementioned information prior to the November election and lastly would love to know what political affiliation “moderate” means. Republican? Democrat? Neither?

    I look forward to your clarifications.

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