Another day, another battle for control of New Jersey’s most populous county.
Anthony Rottino, the North Jersey developed hoping to unseat incumbent GOP Chairman Bob Yudin at next month’s Bergen County convention, rolled out a list of endorsees yesterday afternoon to his email list and Facebook followers.
It’s extensive, and it includes three legislators and two freeholders:
- Senator Kevin O’Toole
- Assemblyman David Russo
- Assemblyman Scott Rumana
- Christopher G. Sinisi, Councilman, Wallington
- Mike Cerbo and Karen Haggerty, Lyndhurst
- Bruce Young, Councilman, Carlstadt
- Joel Brizzi, Councilman, East Rutherford
- Lisa Randall, former Freeholder, County Clerk
- Maura DeNicola, Freeholder
- Robert Hermansen, Freeholder
- Drita McNamara, Wyckoff Municipal Chairwoman
- Rudy Boonstra, District 40 Chairman
- Chris DePhillips, Mayor, Wyckoff
- Dennis Bonugora Franklin Lakes, Municipal Chairman
- Lenore Cohen, Ridgewood municipal chair
- John Butler, Glen Rock Municipal Chairman
- Tom Giordano, Mayor, Waldwick
- Bud O’Hagan, Mayor, Midland Park
- Gary Burns, former Councilman & Municipal Chairman North Arlington
- Andrew Cimiluca, Councilman, Saddle Brook
- Ben Focarino, BCRO State Committeeman
- Eleanor Nissley, BCRO State Committeewoman
- Henry Wallace, Lodi Municipal Chairman
- Liz White, Councilwoman, Allendale
- Jacqueline McSwiggan, Councilwoman, Allendale
No surprises thus far, Save Jerseyans.
The BCRO’s uncivil war has been raging for months in venues ranging from the courtroom to the pages of the Bergen Record and our own Save Jersey message boards. This list is merely a public affirmation of the battle lines. Unsurprisingly, the statement accompanying Rottino’s list pledged a positive campaign while simultaneously firing a few not-so-subtle broadsides in the direction of Chairman Yudin:
I know many of you are tired of being ignored by BCRO leadership and you want to have a constructive voice in how we approach issues and campaigns. I guarantee you that as your chairman, your voice will be heard and we will have open and honest communication.
For the BCRO to prosper we must become a cohesive party that looks forward not backward. We must focus the organization’s attention on running effective campaigns to beat Democrats and stop beating up on ourselves. We must focus on raising money in new and creative ways. And we must stop creating factions within the party that drain the BCRO of energy and constructive ideas.
A third candidate, John McCann, is also vying for the big chair.