Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero will endorse State Sen. Loretta Weinberg tomorrow, ending a civil war in the 37th district. Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes will drop his challenge to Weinberg in the Democratic primary, as will Assembly candidates Ken Zisa and Cid Wilson.
Ferriero, along with Gov. Jon Corzine, is expected to announce his support of Weinberg and Assembly incumbents Gordon Johnson and Valerie Huttle, at a news conference on Wednesday. The Democrats will instead launch a united front to unseat the Republican incumbents in the neighboring 39th district.
Weinberg, Johnson and Huttle will commit to helping Ferriero unseat veteran State Sen. Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman John Rooney and Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk. The Democrats are running attorney Joe Aryan for Senate, and Dumont Councilman Carl Manna and River Edge Councilwoman Esther Fletcher for Assembly.
This ends the comeback bid of Zisa, who gave up his Assembly seat in 2001 to run unsuccessfully for Bergen County Sheriff. He came within two votes of defeating Weinberg in a 2005 Special Election Convention for the Senate.
The 37th was designated by Democrats as a Clean Elections district on Monday, allowing Weinberg, Johnson and Huttle to receive about $300,000 in public financing for their campaign.