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A fundraiser for Bergen County Executive James Tedesco on September 8, 2022. (Photo: Tedesco campaign).

Tedesco boosts campaign coffers at Thursday night fundraiser

By David Wildstein, September 09 2022 1:07 pm

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco raised over $100,000 at a fundraiser last night in support of his bid for re-election.

He reported cash-on-hand of $211,587 following the June primary.  He had raised $270,71 in total.

The Republican candidate is former Freeholder Todd Caliguire, who has not won an election since 1995 and is seeking a political comeback with the hope that a national Republican tide might sweep him into office.

Caliguire reported raising just $17,880 for the Republican primary and was left with just $1,404 for his race against Tedesco as of June.

Once viewed as a rising star in Bergen GOP politics, Caliguire first sought party support for congressman in 1984 and for county executive in 1986.  He’s lost two races for State Senate, one for county executive, and one for the Republican nomination for governor.  He was a two-term freeholder but hasn’t won an election since 1995.

The 66-year-old Midland Park resident carries some baggage, including the bankruptcy of a family stationary business that had lasted multiple generations, and a xenophobic mailer from his 2007 State Senate run.

Tedesco, a former freeholder and Paramus mayor, ousted one-term Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 by 25 percentage points against Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz.

He is seeking to become the first Democrat to win three terms as Bergen County Executive.

Since a form of government change in 1986, Republican Pat Schuber served three terms before retiring in 2002 and his successor, Dennis McNerney, won twice before losing in 2010.

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