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North Haledon councilman Ray Melone, a Republican, has endorsed Democrat Dennis Marco, left, for mayor

GOP councilman backs Dem for North Haledon mayor

Dennis Marco worked for Bradley and Florio

By David Wildstein, October 24 2018 11:10 pm

A three-term Republican councilman has endorsed the Democratic candidate for mayor of North Haledon.

Ray Melone said today that he’s supporting former councilman Dennis Marco, a Democrat, for mayor against Republican Randy George.

George has been mayor for more than twenty years.

Marco is well-known in state politics.  He was a special assistant to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley for seven years and then went to work for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, served as deputy commissioner of the old Department of Commerce and Economic Development under Gov. Jim Florio, and for Porzio Governmental Affairs, the lobbying arm of Porzio, Bromberg and Newman.  He now runs his own public affairs firm.

“This endorsement is not about partisan politics. It is about electing leaders who will listen to the residents and work cooperatively to solve the problems facing North Haledon,” said Melone. “When Dennis was on the Council, he and I worked well together, and I saw firsthand how he deals with issues. He recognizes that there is no Democratic or Republican way to solve problems – rather, we focused on solutions in the best interest of the community.

Melone says he’s also supporting the two Democratic candidates for council, Stephen Orsini and LauraLee Harding.

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