Battleground: Bergen

A point that will likely be made over and over during the next five months: no Republican has ever won statewide without carrying Bergen County. If Tom Kean, Jr. can’t win Bergen — and by a nice plurality — he cannot win a seat in the United States Senate. That makes Bergen a critical battleground in the Senate contest, and escalates the need for party unity after a particularly divisive primary battle between Todd Caliguire and Kathleen Donovan for County Executive. Many Donovan supporters are saying today that Kean’s decison to run on the BCRO line with Caliguire, rather than run in a separate column and avoid taking sides in the local primary, may have made the difference in Caliguire’s narrow margin of victory.

Battleground: Bergen