Traier hasn't received a call from Speziale, but others said to be eyeing sheriff's run
By Max Pizarro | November 20th, 2012 - 3:37pm
| More

WAYNE – Drawn and quartered in national elections, Republicans look to regroup under the auspices of Gov. Chris Christie next year in one of the state’s most diverse enclaves: Passaic County.

“I think the numbers were so tremendously against us, we have to reach out,” said John Traier, chairman of the Passaic County Republican Party.

The trouble, however, is the GOP here doesn’t need the national party’s unraveling to essay a strategy change.

They’ve been there and done that.

And it didn’t work.

Take 2010.

Republicans unfurled sequoia-sized banners  in Paterson with sheriff’s candidate Felix Garcia’s face on them in an attempt to play for Latino votes.

They got routed, 57-43%, as Democrats who lost their freeholder incumbents a year earlier happily described a Republican urban effort that simply enabled Democrats to put on the war paint for Richard Berdnik.

But Traier, who won a bloody intraparty fight for the GOP chairmanship in large part by appealing to Republican committee members in Paterson and Passaic cities, insists the GOP can’t win without appealing to urban voters.

“You have to,” he told PolitickerNJ.com. “You have to bring more people of color and more women into the base.”

He’s encouraged by the fact that Gov. Chris Christie will be at the top of next year’s ticket.

“It’s a two-fold issue for us,” Traier said. “We have to bring support for the governor and his policies and we do that by identifying excellent candidates at the county and legislative levels. I think we can be successful in Passaic County.”

Buzz persists about former Sheriff Jerry Speziale returning to Passaic in rock star mode, retooled in Republican sequins, but Traier said it’s not happening.

“You’d think if he were serious about doing that he would have called me by now,” said the GOP chairman. “He hasn’t.”

Sources say Garcia is mulling a run again.

So is Frank Feenan, a detective captain with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

For his part, the chairman takes his victory in June as a sign his party can capitalize on past efforts to reach out beyond the northern confines of Passaic. Moreover, he sees Garcia’s 2010 bid not as a failure but as a good faith effort that could make another try all of a piece and not some stunned reaction to this year’s national outcome.

“We’ve made tremendous strides building this party,” Traier said. “A bad national environment this year is not a way to judge this party next year.”

The Back Room

POLITICO: GOP on track to expand House majority by 5 or 6 seats

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year, according to Politicker alum Alex Isenstadt, now of Politico.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

Poll

Governor Chris Christie's trip to Mexico...:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources