In the swing town of Paramus, home to Garden State Plaza and a shopping mega hub, Bergen County Young Republican Finance Chairman Chris Di Piazza launched his borough council campaign on Sunday with a social media blast.
Less than a day into the launch, the page most likely be over 300 followers surpassing the reach of any form of small town tradition media.
Di Piazza enters the race after Paramus Republicans held their last remaining seat, that of Councilwoman Jeanne Weber, and lost winning another seat by only a handful of votes.
County Republicans have long targeted Paramus, a town of over 25,000 which routinely casts votes for both parties, and hope that Di Piazza can help provide a boom for the rest of the ticket. It’s also home to many Bergen Democratic big wigs including former Mayor and now County Executive Jim Tedesco (whose daughter serves on the council), Senator Bob Menendez, and Assemblyman Joe Lagana, the latter whom will be heavily targeted by the GOP this November.
“As a lifelong Paramus resident I want to my town to keep its suburban feel,” remarked Di Piazza, presumably referring to the push for extensive new developments by Paramus Democrats in recent years.
If he and his yet undetermined running mate are successful, it will deadlock the Paramus Council at 3 heading into Mayor Rich Labarbiera’s re-election campaign next year.
“It is a testament to everything we are doing,” Bergen Young Republican Chairman Matt Gilson told Save Jersey. “Chris is the embodiment of the idea that now more than ever we leadership for the new generation and I look forward to working with him on getting elected.”
Di Piazza is expected to gain the backing of the entire Paramus Republicans though a vote is not expected for several weeks.