The strength of the local party always plays a crucial role in election outcomes for a town where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-1.
This year? Control of the council in the smallish southern Bergen County community is at stake.
The Republican ticket is headed by uber-popular Council President Dan Pronti; he’s joined on the GOP ticket by recently appointed Councilman Mario Karcic who lost his previous seat in a razor-thin loss in 2016 after winning Mayor Bianci’s unexpired council term in 2015.
Kim Guadagno’s lieutenant governor running mate Carlos Rendo was on hand to lend support to the candidates.
North Arlington is a town Republicans must win to win countywide, and one which they strongly hope to retain control. It is the power base of hometown favorite Freeholder Steve Tanelli and a bellwether of sorts for any county-wide Bergen contests
If the energy the Pronti/Karcic team showed on Friday is any indication, Republicans should come out ahead in the battle for control.