By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
No, not me. And we’re not related (to the best of my knowledge).
But it looks like a Rooney, another Rooney, is going to be quite busy in Bergen County politics in the coming months after the county-wide GOP candidates were routed.
“Today, I ask you to work with me again in my candidacy for BCRO Chairman,” newly-reelected Wyckoff Mayor Kevin Rooney declared in a Wednesday Facebook post. “The time is long overdue to reunite and rebuild our county party; the infighting and lack of leadership must come to an end.”
The problems plaguing the Republican Party of New Jersey’s most populous county are well-known to regular readers.
In Rooney’s hometown, Bergen County contributor extraordinaire Matthew Gilson previously explained for us why the 2015 Wyckoff Township Committee election was a “proxy war” of sorts for control of the BCRO. Republican Susan Yudin, wife of county GOP chairman Bob Yudin, lost to right-of-center independent Tom Madigan who had Rooney’s support.
The end result:
Rooney: 1,824 (w)
Madigan: 1,634 (w)
Councilman John Carolan ran unopposed for an unexpired term.
Matt also predicted a multi-candidate BCRO leadership battle after Tuesday night’s results. Looks like he was onto something albeit a tad sooner than anyone might have imagined?