Mayor announcing Bergen exec bid today

Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz will announce his candidacy for Bergen County Executive this afternoon.  So far he is unopposed for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent James Tedesco. Schmelz became mayor of the reliably Democratic town in 2013 following the death of Tim Driscoll, after defeating interim Mayor Carlos Aguasivas by 348 votes.  He was re-elected in 2015 by 23 votes over Democratic Councilwoman Ora Kornbluth. Tedesco is seeking re-election

The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing

GOP mayor running for County Executive

Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz will seek the Republican nomination for Bergen County Executive against incumbent James Tedesco. Schmelz became mayor of the reliably Democratic town in 2013 following the death of Tim Driscoll, after defeating interim Mayor Carlos Aguasivas by 348 votes.  He was re-elected in 2015 by 23 votes over Democratic Councilwoman Ora Kornbluth. Schmelz will run unopposed at the Bergen County Republican convention.  He is the only candidate

Under Stellato, Bergen Dems dominate

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Louis Stellato doesn’t seem to be receiving the accolades he deserves. Whether you liked Joe Ferriero or not, there was no doubt that his success in bringing a county Democratic organization back from the dead and actually winning elections is what made him one of the most powerful County Chairman in New Jersey. When Stellato won in 2011, Democrats were in a rough patch.  Ferriero had