Former Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa kicked off his campaign for Bergen County Republican Chairman Tuesday night in what looks like an unchallenged path to succeed Paul DiGaetano in June.
Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo and New Milford Councilwoman Kelly Langschultz, both considered possible candidates for the post, attended the Zisa event, along with State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest), GOP fundraiser Chuck Shotmeyer, and Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango.
“We are divided. We have issues from yesterday. I’m tired of that. The mission is to be a unified organization,” Zisa said. “The main message is to be one republican organization again We need to be unified. One organization. One Bergen county organization. I can promise unity. Tomorrow we will be one team. One BCRO and with your help we will have many successes.”
Zisa served as mayor for sixteen years as part of a political dynasty that ran Hackensack – sometimes referred to as Zisaville. His brother, Ken, served as police chief and as a Democratic assemblyman, and another brother, Frank, was deputy police chief. Their father, Frank Zisa Sr., served as a councilman and mayor in the 1970’s.