Why can’t they all just get along

On paper, one top Passaic County Democratic leader admits, the Republicans have recruited some very formidable candidates to run for Freeholder — an office the GOP has not won in five years. One candidate is Ronni Nochimson, who spent ten years as the County Clerk before losing her seat in 2004; she is well-liked even by Democrats, who tried hard to get her to switch parties and run on their ticket — now she works for Sheriff Jerry Speziale, a Democrat. Another candidate is Ronald Fava, who served as a State Assemblyman, Paterson Municipal Court Judge, Passaic County Prosecutor, and as the Acting Sheriff in 2001; he lost his bid for a full-term that year to Speziale by a very narrow margin. The problem for he GOP is that general election voters may not see Nochimson and Fava together on the ballot — they are running against each other in the primary. Nochimson is running on a line backed by Passaic County Republican Chairman Michael Mecca, while Fava is on a slate supported by another candidate for County Chairman, Wayne Mayor Scott Rumana. The Democrat says Nochimson and Fava would be a Republican dream ticket, adding that if the GOP really wanted to win, they would recuit former State Senator and Freeholder Norman Robertson to run. But the Democrat, whose party has 7-0 control of the Freeholder Board, isn’t losing too much sleep over the marquis GOP candidates: “Republicans are too busy hating each other to worry about winning an election,” the Democrat said. Democrats are running incumbents James Gallagher and Sonia Rosado, and Hawthorne Board of Education member Joanne Graziano. Graziano was picked by Passaic Democrats after they dumped Sami Merhi, a controversial Arab American businessman.

Why can’t they all just get along