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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
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Bergen: Dems outspend GOP 11-1

Under Chairman Lou Stellato’s leadership, Democrats raised $1,100,119 in 2017, the most of any county Democratic organization in the state.  The won their county and legislative races and ousted several Republican incumbents at the municipal level. Bergen County Republicans raised $97,491 and burned through all their reserves by spending $131,272.  That leads the Bergen GOP with just $7,337 in the bank leading in to 2018, when Democratic County Executive James
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Bergen GOP Has No Exec candidate

A promises endorsement from a subset of Bergen County Republicans led by Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo never materialized last night, in part because the only candidate who showed up was former Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa.   It appears that incumbent Paul DiGaetano is bowing out – although he won’t confirm it – and Zisa is inheriting his base.  Zisa was unacceptable to the Rendo group. The bigger problem for Bergen
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Rendo looks to oust DiGaetano

A group of mayors and other local party officials led by former Lt. Governor candidate Carlos Rendo, will meet privately tonight to choose a candidate for Bergen County Republican Chairman against incumbent Paul DiGaetano. Rendo, the mayor of Woodcliff Lake, said in an e-mail that a group of mayors met before Christmas to discuss the future of the Republican Party in Bergen, which has suffered massive losses over the last
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Yudin tells DiGaetano to resign

Forty Republican incumbents have lost re-election in Bergen County since Paul DiGaetano became County Chairman in 2016, and the man he beats for the post thinks he should resign. In a message to party insiders this morning, Yudin criticized DiGaetano for the defeat of GOP Freeholder candidates in 2016 and 2017, 24 Republican Mayors and councilmembers in 2017, and for the sixteen who lost in 2016. “It seems many of