By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
An overflow crowd of well over 100 packed into Regina’s Steakhouse in Teaneck on Wednesday evening as former Assemblyman Paul DiGaetano continued his campaign meet and greets around the county.
DiGaetano, who is trying to unseat incumbent Bob Yudin as Chairman of the Bergen County Republican Organization next month, was introduced by Freeholder John Felice who spoke of his personal confidence in the former assemblyman to lead the county party back its winning ways that have been lacking in the last few years.
Felice decided against seeking reelection earlier this year reportedly due to ongoing infighting within the BCRO’s ranks.
Vowing to right the ship, DiGaetano stressed his message of inclusion and a more efficient BCRO come June to the attendees.
“Young Republicans are the backbone of the party,” he said, noting the club has produced 2 of the 3 Republican county executives, “they must nurtured and brought completely into the fold.”
Yudin has drawn increasing criticism for his decision to deny the line to both the Bergen County and New Jersey Young Republican chairs for County Committee despite being unopposed. He also spoke to the need to bring women into the fold, joking that growing up in an Italian household made him well aware of who is in charge.
DiGaetano’s crowd draw appeared to grow from the past two rallies and included most of the candidates running for county office this year as well as most of the previous candidates in the last few elections. Last year’s District 38 assembly candidate, Mark DiPisa, could be seen nodding in full agreement when DiGaetano stressed the need to vet candidates especially in the wake of the Cappola scandal that rocked the BCRO and the entire legislative election map last election cycle.
While Yudin continues to enjoy more establishment support especially from his northern Bergen base, DiGaetano continues to draw impressive crowds and grassroot support especially from politically-active and GOP-strong LD36 counties.