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“A new day dawns on Bergen County”

Sen. Bob Menendez, who now lives in the county, stated the above at the swearing in ceremony of James J. Tedesco as County Executive. Joan Voss, incoming Freeholder Chairwoman, exclaimed, “What a wonderful way to begin 2015.” The ceremony started with the colors, bagpipes and drums with further remarks from Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Bill Pascrell, re-elected Sheriff Michael Saudino (a Republican) and State Senate President Steve Sweeney. The Bergen Community College theater had an overflow audience including Sen. Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and many other state legislators, local mayors, and councilmen (including Republicans) as well as John Currie state Democratic chair and Lou Stellato, county Democratic chair.

Jim Tedesco, a former councilman, mayor, freeholder and always a fireman set a high tone. Echoing Abraham Lincoln he said, “I have pledged to preside over a government of the people, by the people and for the people… It is my contract with the residents that good government will never yield to politics, that solutions will always trump ideology, and the voices of democracy will be heard… The doors of my administration are open to you.” The Oath of Office was administered by former governor and current State Senator Dick Codey who had performed the same task for Tedesco twice before.  

2014 New Jersey Stars

Tis the season for lists. So here goes. The brightest stars in 2014 include the well-known and the less well known. Some are newcomers and some have been with us for years. Some hold powerful jobs while others convey a powerful message.  

Go below the fold to celebrate these people and read why they shine brightly.

Feel free to add your own stars. There are many more out there.  

November 4, 2014: Looking Back & Recapping

In the U. S. elections last week Republicans took control of the U. S. Senate with 7 new seats and as of now have a lead of 52 to 46 with two undecided. In the House of Representatives Republicans, already in the majority, have gained 12 seats to lead 244 to 184 with 7 undecided. In gubernatorial races, where Christie spent so much time, Republicans gained net 3 seats with 2 still undecided.  

In New Jersey we note in congressional races low Democratic turn out, an exciting victory in CD 12, heartbreak in CD 3 and 5, the winners all being those who raised the most money, independent funders spending big in CD 3 but not so much elsewhere, the departure of a highly respected congressman in CD 12, mixed quality of public polls, all incumbents winning, and the congressional delegation balance remaining unchanged at six R’s and six D’s. Both Public Questions passed. Voting by mail has increased from 10,000 in 2003 to 139,000 in the most recent report for 2013.

Also worth noting is the resurgence of county Democrats in Bergen, which has the state’s largest number of registered voters and whose Dem. Party Chair Lou Stellato is being wooed by potential gubernatorial candidates. Jim Tedesco (D) defeated long-time politician Kathe Donovan (R) to become the B. C. Executive. Current Freeholder Board Chair David Ganz (D) was re-elected as was Joan Voss (D), allowing the Board to remain in control of Democrats.    

U. S. Senate

With a bulging bankroll and a win in the 2012 Special Election, no Dem (big or small) wanted to take on Cory Booker (D) in the Senate primary. A Republican called Jeff Bell, who loves the Gold Standard (ended in 1933) and had not resided in NJ the past 30 years, defeated someone called Richard Pezzullo by 5,000 votes to become the challenger. Bell has since returned to obscurity while Booker continues on as a celebrity. (997,000 to 763,000)

For brief comments on the 12 congressional races go below the fold.

Saturday Rally for Dems in Ridgewood

promoted by Rosi

Victory Rally

U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Roy Cho for Congress

Jim Tedesco for County Executive

David Ganz and Joan Voss for Freeholder

When: Saturday, November 1 at 4:00 pm

Where: Van Neste Square in Downtown Ridgewood

(East Ridgewood Avenue and Oak Street)*

Refreshments to Follow at

Roy Cho for Congress Headquarters

257 East Ridgewood Avenue, Rear

Ridgewood, NJ

Bring Your Friends and Family

Music and Refreshments

*In the event of rain, the rally will take place at

Roy Cho Headquarters.


Tedesco vs. Donovan: punches but no knock-out

On a dreary evening yesterday some 150 people crammed into the Bergen County Freeholders chambers. The event was the final debate for the position of Bergen County Executive between one-term incumbent Republican Kathe Donovan and challenger Democrat Jim Tedesco. Most conspicuous were Tedesco supporters who wore his name on their T-shirts. Applauding during the debate was disallowed. The two candidates rotated in first answering each question, and the opponent responded, but further rebuttal was not permitted.  

Unlike other debates where candidates hue toward the middle and tend to agree with each other, this  90-minute event revealed sharp differences between the opponents. In opening remarks Donovan spoke in a brusque, business-like tone about how she was holding down tax increases, while Tedesco appeared warmer and more open, welcoming the audience to “the people’s house.”  

Much of the evening reflected the standard cleavage between Republican and Democratic philosophy. Donovan emphasized how she has cut the budget, and when asked about future initiatives, she said, “You have to understand no government has money today.” Tedesco had stated that he would try with help from NJ’s federal legislators to convert part of the Bergen County Medical Center into a VA ancillary facility. He explained the funding would largely be federal.

There were sharp disagreements over the future of the medical center, merger of the police and sheriff departments, the county’s purchase of military vehicles, sharing services, use of trust funds, affordable housing and more. For additional coverage go here and here.

Although there were no knock-out punches, there were ample differences between the Democratic and Republican positions. Donovan, frequently embroiled in law suits, has had four years to make her case, but Tedesco has come through strong in the last two months. With an effective GOTV Democratic effort resulting in high turnout, Tedesco has the potential to unseat the incumbent and become the next Bergen County Executive.  

Watch: Jim Tedesco for Bergen Exec ad

Volunteer firefighters have the inside track with me. Good luck to Jim Tedesco, running against GOP incumbent Kathleen Donovan for Bergen County Exec. Here’s his first ad, a nice biographical piece.

Jim Tedesco on Facebook & website.