Civil War

The Bergen County Civil War over the 37th district State Senate seat may have extended into the 2006 U.S. Senate race. Sources say Congressman Bob Menendez turned down Jon Corzine’s request that he become involved in Loretta Weinberg’s bid to replace Byron Baer. Menendez is close to Joseph Ferriero, the Bergen County Democratic Chairman who supported Ken Zisa for the seat. Menendez has been viewed as a leading candidate for appointment to the Senate if Corzine, who is 18 points ahead of Republican Doug Forrester in the most recent independent poll, is elected Governor. Another possible Senate contender, Congressman Rob Andrews, seems to have elevated his standing with Corzine. “He has to make a choice between governing the way he should, and responding to the party bosses,” Andrews told Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran. “This is the first time he’s had to make that choice. And he made the right choice.”

Civil War