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Bergen County Republican Chairman Jack Zisa.

Zisa wins re-election in a 2-1 blowout

By David Wildstein, July 07 2022 8:07 pm

Jack Zisa has won a massive victory for a third term as Bergen County Republican Chairman, defeating challenger Raymond Herr, 391 to 192, 67%-33%.

A former mayor of Hackensack, Zisa was first elected in 2018 without opposition after Paul DiGaetano declined to seek re-election.

In 2021 – the election was pushed one year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – Zisa decisively beat Michael Gardner, the Oradell GOP municipal chairman,  68%-32%.

Republicans have not won a countywide race in Bergen since 2013, but President Joe Biden’s faltering job approvals have the GOP bullish on their chances to unseat two-term County Executive James Tedesco.

Zisa’s candidate, former Bergen County Freeholder Todd Caliguire, won the GOP primary with 59% against an off-the-line challenger backed by Herr.  But his candidate for Congress against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) lost the primary after Frank Pallotta held Nick De Gregorio to a 919-vote win in the Bergen County portion of the district.

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