The most highly anticipated matchup of the pre-primary season ended with an invitation to another pre-primary showdown a week from tonight.
Vying to take on state Sen. Robert Gordon (D-38) for the Republican Party, former Bergen Freeholder John Driscoll and Fairleigh Dickinson Hispanic Outreach Director Fernando Alonso are tied at 120 votes apiece tonight in Hackensack.
"Can you believe this?" Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) Chairman Bob Yudin wondered aloud.
The BCRO will vote again next Thursday.
The GOP contest to take on Gordon in one of the state's battleground districts had a discomfiting storyline of two friends turned bitter rivals.
The two men ran together in 2011, with Driscoll at the top of the ticket and Alonso and Hawthorne Mayor Richard Goldberg running for the two Assembly seats.
The entire ticket suffered a loss to Democrat Gordon and his team, an outcome the GOP hopes will be different this year with popular Gov. Chris Christie at the top of the ticket.
Rochelle Park Mayor Joseph Scarpa, Emerson Borough Administrator; and Joan Fragala of Fair Lawn, former principal of Lodi High School will have BCRO support for runs at the lower house seats held by Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-38) and Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38).
But as for the head of the ticket, there will not be word for another week as Alonso and Driscoll each attempts to jar loose one more vote.
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