The Republican screw up that made Menendez Mayor

The success of Bob Menendez’s political career might be because of bad staff work. The story starts in 1976, when Hudson County gave Jimmy Carter a paltry 23,605 vote margin against Gerald Ford.  Assembly Speaker Joseph LeFante (D-Bayonne), largely blamed for shepherding Gov. Brendan Byrne’s unpopular state income tax through the legislature, almost lost his bid for Hudson’s open congressional seat.  He beat Republican Anthony Campenni by just 6,855 votes. 

How Sacco got to the Senate

When Nicholas Sacco decided he wanted the 32nd district Senate seat in 1993, two years after he became Mayor of North Bergen, he just took it.  That’s the kind of clout a North Bergen mayor has in that legislative district. Some history on the North Bergen-based Senate seat. The incumbent in 1993 was the Thomas Cowan of the Operating Engineers union, a likeable survivor of Hudson political battles who had