Put Rooney and Vandervalk on the vulnerable list

Several Bergen County Republicans are touting Washingtion Township Councilman Robert Schroeder, who self-financed a bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination last year, as a possible State Assembly candidate from the 39th district in 2007. There is continued speculation — advanced last night by GOP Freeholder candidate Robert Yudin — that longtime incumbents John Rooney and Charlotte Vandervalk, who backed the Donovan slate in the recent primary, will face a fight if they want party support for their re-election campaigns. In 2005, Rooney and Vandervalk held off primary challenges from Upper Saddle River Mayor Kenneth Gabbert and former Pascack Valley Board of Education member Jeffrey Hering, by a wide margin; after redistricting in 2001, they narrowly defeated another incumbent, Guy Talarico, now the Bergen County GOP Chairman. Rooney has been an Assemblyman since 1983 and Vandervalk has been in office since 1991.

Put Rooney and Vandervalk on the vulnerable list