Veteran Palisades Park Democratic Party Chairman Mike Pollota says he won't determine whether there's a Democratic Primary in Legislative District 37.
But Pollota admits it's been a long time since Palisades Park had representation in the Legislature, and he's not happy about that fact.
"The last time was Bill Dorgan, who was a Republican, 40 some-odd years ago," said Pollota, who's chaired the party organization in Palisades Park since the 1960s.
"At this point, we're thinking about it," the chairman said of a party convention challenge to the sitting Assembly incumbents - Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gordon Johnson. "It's not only me. There is the same concern in other parts of the district."
He said the issue is that Johnson and Huttle both come from Englewood.
"Our feeling is there shouldn't be two from the same town," the chairman said. "But again, a primary will be determined by others throughout the district. It's not my unilateral decision."
Palisades Park Deputy Mayor Jason Kim is one floated challenger's name, but PolitickerNJ.com could not reach Kim for comment.
Pollota said he expects a resolution of the issue in about a week.
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