Bergen County Democrats raised over $1 million at their annual fundraising gala on Wednesday night, boosting their coffers in advance of a race to hold on to the County Executive post and other offices in November.
Gov. Phil Murphy headlined Democratic County Chairman Paul Juliano’s event in Garfield, which drew a crowd of more than 1,200 that included Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Democratic State Chairman LeRoy Jones, Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, and George Helmy, the governor’s chief of staff.
Democrats have not lost a countywide election in Bergen since 2013 and County Executive James Tedesco is favored against his likely Republican opponent, Todd Caliguire, a perennial candidate who served as a freeholder in the 1990s. But with a national political climate that is tilting Republican in President Joe Biden’s midterm elections, Juliano isn’t taking 2022 for granted.
Juliano’s organization faced a major test last June, when their candidate for an open State Senate seat, Gordon Johnson, won 72% in the Democratic primary. Murphy carried Bergen County by five percentage points in 2021 in a race that he took by three points statewide.
Ticket prices ranged from $300 to $5,000.