Paul Sarlo is a stalwart supporter of Cory Booker for president, but that didn’t stop him from praising the debate performance of former Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland) in last night’s Democratic presidential debate.
Delaney grew up in Wood-Ridge, the Bergen County borough where Sarlo is mayor and state senator. The former congressman attended Bergen Catholic High School and went to college on a scholarship provided by his father’s union, IBEW Local 164 in Paramus.
“I’m proud of how well he represented our community, said Sarlo, the powerful chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “He represented the working class people of South Bergen well last night.”
The debate didn’t change Sarlo’s mind. The senator says he remains enthusiastic about Booker, the U.S. Senator and former Mayor of Newark who takes the stage tonight for the second round of Democratic presidential debates.
Sarlo shepherded a bill through his committee last fall that allows Booker to run simultaneously for president and re-election to the United States Senate, if he wants to.
Booker is also a Bergen County native. He grew up in Harrington Park before moving to Newark’s Central Ward after law school.
If Delaney fails to win the presidency, Sarlo is offering him a golden parachute if he wants to continue his political career.
“We’d love for him to come back to Wood-Ridge. I’ll make room for a council seat,” Sarlo told the New Jersey Globe. “He just can’t run for mayor.”