At the Bergen County Republican Convention, Charles Kahwaty, Paul Duggan and Robert Yudin were nominated to run for Freeholder, defeating Northvale Councilman Lloyd Winans. In the 40th district, Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico has given the organization line to Todd Caliguire for State Senate, and John Ginty and Joseph Schweighardt for State Assembly — effectively dumping nine-term Assemblyman David Russo, who is running with Senate candidate Kevin O’Toole and Assembly candidate Scott Rumana.
Kahwaty and Duggan have endorsed the O’Toole slate, which could create some additional infighting among Bergen Republicans.
At the Somerset County GOP Convention, Freeholder Denise Coyle won party support to run for the State Assembly in the 16th district. She defeated former Freeholder Kenneth Scherer for the seat of Christopher Bateman, who is running for the State Senate. Green Brook Mayor Patricia Walsh was nominated to run for Coyle’s Freeholder seat, winning a second ballot victory in a multi-candidate field.