Five candidates will compete in a special election for Bergen County Sheriff to replace Michael Saudino, who resigned after being caught on tape making racist and homophobic remarks.
Republicans have nominated Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo and Democrats have picked Anthony Cureton, the former Bergen County NAACP president.
Three independents have filed, including Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler, who lost a Democratic County Committee vote to Cureton on Tuesday. Retired state trooper Robert Tormo and attorney Jim Ahearn, who spent 25 years as a Rutherford police officer, also filed nominating petitions before today’s 10 AM deadline.
In a statement issued today, DeLorenzo pledged to work hard over the next 33 days to make his case to voters.
He pushed back on a statement made by New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, who called for “restoring professionalism and dignity to the sheriff’s office” in their endorsement of Cureton on Monday.
“Mr. Saudino’s remarks were his own and I do not believe they represent the men and women of the sheriff’s department,” said DeLorenzo, who was a police captain before running for mayor. “I don’t think there is a problem with professionalism and dignity in the sheriff’s department. Those are campaign buzzwords from Democratic leaders who don’t know the department; I don’t think they are reality.”