Bergen GOP fights for custody of Reagan’s legacy

Bergen County Republicans are fighting over Ronald Reagan, with both sides invoking the name of the late 40th President on a nearly daily basis Republican County Chairman Guy Talarico has a new e-mail address — Chairman@BCRO-ReaganTeam.us — and a recent press releases titled “Returning to Reagan” and “The Reagan Republicans Speak Out” both featured large color photographs of the Gipper. Not to be outdone, the rival faction that is backing Kathleen Donovan for County Executive, has touted support from Thomas Bruinooge, who was the Co-Chairman of the 1980 Reagan campaign in New Jersey. And Talarico’s rival in the June contest for County Chairman, Alan Marcus, may be the true Reagan heir: he wrote a personal check to the Reagan campaign before the contest for the ’80 GOP nomination was over.

Bergen GOP fights for custody of Reagan’s legacy