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Saddle Brook Chief of Police Robert Kugler (FILE PHOTO)

Robert Kugler switches parties, joins Bergen GOP

Ex-Democrat ran for sheriff as independent in 2018

By David Wildstein, April 11 2019 8:15 pm

Saddle Brook police chief Robert Kugler, who ran for Bergen County sheriff last year, has switched parties and says he will become actively involved in the Bergen County Republican Organization.

Kugler mounted a campaign for the Democratic nomination for sheriff after Michael Saudino resigned, but lost the convention by a wide margin to the party choice, Anthony Cureton.  He ran as an independent, winning 13,203 votes (4%) countywide.

“There comes a time in everyone’s life where you must take a strong stand for your values,” Kugler said.  “My values are represented by the Bergen County Republican party and its commitment to law enforcement.

Bergen County GOP chairman Jack Zisa said he was happy to welcome Kugler to the Republican party and said his “impeccable leadership credentials and experience are invaluable as we move forward.”

“We appreciate his commitment to keeping our communities safe and we look forward to working with him in the future,” said Zisa.  “Public safety, support for our law enforcement officers and a commitment to law and order are sacred trusts in the Republican Party.

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