Blue Bergen

Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico was right when he told an NJN reporter last night that “as Bergen goes, so goes New Jersey.” No Republican has ever won statewide in New Jersey without carrying Bergen County, which went for Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez by a 54%-46% margin over Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. — a 19,650 vote plurality. In recent years, GOP candidates have been unable to carry Bergen: Jon Corzine won it by 34,302 in 2005, John Kerry by 17,833 in 2004, Frank Lautenberg by 28,969 in 2002, and James E. McGreevey by 28,994 in 2001. The last Republican statewide candidate to win Bergen was Robert Franks in his 2000 U.S. Senate campaign against Corzine. Democrat Dennis McNerney was re-elected to a second term as Bergen County Executive by a massive 49,947 vote margin, 61%-39%, over former Freeholder and gubernatorial candidate Todd Caliguire. Democrats now have a 7-0 majority on the Board of Freeholders — something they did not have even during the Watergate years. The lone GOP Freeholder, Elizabeth Randall, was defeated in the Republican primary.

Blue Bergen