Few New Jersey counties epitomize the advances of the Christie Revolution quite like Battlefield Bergen.
It’s New Jersey’s most populous county. It’s also somewhat of a political bellwether: Bergen County went strongly for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008, 54.2% to 44.8%, but Chris Christie lost Bergen to Jon Corzine by a much narrower margin, 46.26% to 48.52%, just one year later.
Bergen voters did, however, assent to two Republican freeholder candidates from the Christie column in November 2009: John Driscoll and Rob Hermansen.
The rest is history; Kathe Donovan’s election as County Executive in the pro-Republican 2010 cycle cemented the GOP’s reconquista of Bergen government. But 2012 is an “Obama Year,” i.e. a cycle with big Democrat turnout regardless of how President Obama performs. And after losing a state senate big last fall, John Driscoll isn’t seeking reelection to the freeholder board.
Plenty is on the line as Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) members gather on March 14th to select their 2012 slate of candidates: for the county, the BCRO, the state, and Governor Christie’s own 2013 reelection efforts in Northeastern NJ.
Whom do/will/would YOU back for Bergen freeholder, Save Jerseyans?