E-mails from Bergen GOP show a party in chaos

E-mails from two Bergen County Republican activists show the story of a party organization in significant turmoil.  Worth the read.  Noteworthy that former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan will use the "Republicans for the President's Agenda" slogan in his off the line run for the GOP congressional nomination in New Jersey's 5th district. From: Bob Taschler Subject: BCRO Still a Three Ring Circus - What Slogan to Use - An E-mail

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

Tedesco announcing re-election bid on Monday

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco is bring out the heavy hitters tomorrow when he formally announces his bid for re-election to a second term.  Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Democratic County Chairman Lou Stellato, and Congressmen Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell are scheduled to speak at the announcement. Tedesco is taking a page out of the Joe DiVincenzo playbook -- out of the box with

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

Bergen Councilman dies

Palisades Park Councilman Joseph Testa passed away today.  Mayor James Rotundo announced Testa's death on his Facebook page. Former Montville Township Committeeman Robert Fogelson died at the age of 83 on January 26.  he is a former municipal court judge.

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

Calabrese unopposed for Caride seat

Democrats expect Clinton Calabrese, the scion of a legendary Bergen County political family, to be unopposed in a special election convention for State Assembly.  County Committee members from the 36th district is set to meet on January 31 to replace Marlene Caride, who has the Murphy administration. Calabrese, 31, served on the Cliffside Park Board of Education from 2009 to 2010.  He is the grandson of Gerald Calabrese, a former