Alonso prevails by 13 votes over Driscoll in GOP LD 38 tilt
By Max Pizarro | March 14th, 2013 - 9:34pm
| More

HACKENSACK –Fernando Alonso of Oradell won tonight.

He defeated fellow Republican John Driscoll of Paramus, 143-130 a week after the two LD 38 state senate hopefuls tied at 120.

"This was gut-wrenching," said Alonso, who beat the man whose ticket he ran on two years ago as a candidate for the assembly.

"John is a great campaigner and a good man," added Alonso, an attorney in charge of Hispanic outreach at Faireligh Dickinson University. "I'm happy we energized 84% of the delegate vote. We can again make New Jersey a great place. It was Governor Kean who was responsible for bringing me to New Jersey with those commercials - 'New Jersey and you, Perfect Together.'"

The chairman was likewise graitified that the war - this one anyway - was over.

"This is very encouraging," said  Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin. "There were more delegates participating tonight than last Thursday. We're looking forward to top to bottom victories, from the governor on down."

Driscoll had been so nervous in the lead up to the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) vote tally that he waited outside in his car.

"I had my day in the sun," said the former Freeholder Director, who said he would "absolutely" work hard for the entire LD 38 GOP ticket.

Bitter?

"Not at all," Driscoll beamed. "This is the best thing. Our party votes in an open and transparent process." 

At 9 p.m., the county committee clerk announced that the polls were closed. The counting would begin in the backroom down that narrow paneled hallway where disappear the fates of all county Republicans whoever aspired to higher office - then re-emerge in the hands of Yudin.

Moments before the GOP chairman appeared, a mood of a friendly agitation prevailed.

“That’s why I’m here, to find out who my running mate is,” said Rochelle Park Twp. Committeeman Joe Scarpa, who’s running for the Assembly in LD 38.

“Horse in the race, mayor?” asked Old Tappan GOP Chair Bob Auth, who just won the LD 39 Assembly contest earlier this month to succeed indicted Assemblyman Robert Schroeder.

“There’s two horses in this race,” said Scarpa, who didn’t want to risk picking the wrong horse.

"I feel more nervous now than in my own contest," Auth admitted.

Then the announcement came.

The evening ended with a flourish of cigars by the devotees of Alonso and a toast to their champion. 

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do... more »
(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... 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

“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing. Wrap up your work. Do your job." - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Should the Joint Legisaltive Committee investigating Bridgegate 'wrap it up?':

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