MAHWAH – Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin responded to attacks from Freeholders Maura DeNicola and Rob Hermansen.
“I ran for freeholder in 2006,” said the GOP chair. “Go back to the Bergen Record‘s editorial from October of that year. The Bergen Record endorsed me. Specifically, they mentioned that Bob Yudin has good ideas about how to merge the county police department with the sheriff’s office. I have always favored merging the departments. It’s nothing new. My position has been well known.”
Yudin dismissed the email chain unveiled by the freeholders as evidence of backroom dealing.
“I never responded to the emails,” said the chairman. “I was CC’d.”
Yudin said the consolidation plan is a savings to the taxpayers, and expects a vote on the referendum question to pass tomorrow.
“I can’t imagine why Hermansen, DeNicola and Donovan are opposed to saving money for the taxpayers,” said the chairman.
Asked about the widened rift between himself and Hermansen in the context of the November election, where the freeholder faces the voters, he said, “This makes it more difficult for Republican candidates to win. Now I’m being attacked.”