For Ferriero, maybe another fight

Bergen County Democrats were not supposed to be defending their 6-1 majority on the Board of Freehodlers this year, but suddenly it is possible that they must do exactly that. A new poll conducted for the Bergen GOP by Rick Shaftan’s Neighborhood Research shows the county race in a statistical dead heat between Democratic incumbents Bernadette McPherson and David Ganz and Republican challengers Michael Kaplan, the Mayor of Norwood, and Ramsey attorney Kelly Kirk. If Kaplan and Kirk were to win, that would reduce the Democratic majority to 4-3. The problem for Democratic County Chairman Joseph Ferriero is that one of the four Democrats is Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who has had no trouble declaring her independence from Ferriero and the Bergen Democratic organization. Huttle is headed to the Assembly (probably in a few weeks) but remains a Freeholder, if she wants to be, until at least January 2007. Huttle plus three Republicans could effectively remove control of the Bergen Freeholder Board from Ferriero; that could make her — and State Senator-elect Loretta Weinberg (who gets senatorial courtesy over Bergen appointments as soon as she takes office) — considerable powers in Bergen County politics.

For Ferriero, maybe another fight