Former Morris County Undersheriff William Schiavella has endorsed Democrat Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, renewing speculation that the former Republican councilman from Rockaway Township will switch parties and challenge Sheriff James Gannon in 2019.
Schiavella is a political ally of Michael Puzio, the Republican candidate for mayor in Rockaway who has also endorsed Sherrill.
Gannon replaced Schiavella and Puzio when he succeeded Edward Rochford as sheriff last year. Michael Saudino hired him to work for the Bergen County Sheriff’s office.
“I first met Mikie Sherrill when she was a federal prosecutor and I was instantly impressed by her commitment to service and justice,” Schiavella said in a statement released by the Sherrill campaign. “I know that she will be a fighter for New Jersey and support our police officers and law enforcement officials in the 11th District and beyond. I know that Mikie Sherrill puts the people of this community ahead of any party label, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse her bid for Congress.”
ill hold a significant voter registration edge in Morris County, Democrats have narrowed the gap in recent years.
There are 32,499 more Republicans than Democrats in Morris County, as of September 30. That’s down from an edge of 53,885 in 2001.