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Assemblyman Bob Auth. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Auth: GOP can take Bergen executive seat

Assemblyman backing Norman Schmelz

By Nikita Biryukov, May 18 2018 12:45 am

While the prospect of a wave election has some Republicans worried, Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) doesn’t think it’ll stop Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz from unseating Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.

“I don’t think the blue wave is all it’s cracked up to be,” Auth said. “I think if he works it right, and the trend where people are starting to really become upset that people are trying to deliberately trip up the president rather than seeing him succeed for the country’s benefit – they may get turned off that, and Norman may be the beneficiary of it.”

Tedesco, a Democrat, beat Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan in 2014 by a roughly 8 points, a margin of more than 16,000 votes. Donovan won the seat from a Democrat in 2010.

May Election Law Enforcement Commission filings show Tedesco has just over $127,000 in his war chest. He’s raised roughly $257,000 this cycle.

Filings for Schmelz, who announced his run in March, are not yet available.

Republican aid could come through in spades for Schmelz, but it’s too early to tell. At the very least, Auth will be at his back.

“I’m going to work very hard to help him,” Auth said. “I’ve committed to contribute to his campaign, and bring forces to bear in the field, so we’ll do that.”

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