Two East Rutherford Republicans have endorsed Democratic State Senator Paul Sarlo for re-election in the 36th District.
East Rutherford Mayor and former Sarlo opponent James Cassella and Councilman Edward Ravettine cited the incumbent’s bi-partisan credentials as the main reason for their endorsements.
“I am a proud Republican, but I want to do what is in the best interest of East Rutherford,” said Cassella, who lost an assembly election to Sarlo in 2001. He added “Senator Sarlo has always been on the side of East Rutherford and our residents.”
Ravettine noted Sarlo’s efforts to get grants for the town’s public works projects. “Every time we call Senator Sarlo for his help, he’s there for us 100%.”
Sarlo is running unopposed for the Senate Seat. He has served in the State Senate since 2003. Prior to that, he served two years in the assembly. Cassella has served as Mayor of East Rutherford since 2004 and is up for re-election in November.
Sarlo is not expected to endorse him in that election, but will likely support the Democratic nominee, said spokesman Chris Eilert.
Cassella ran against Sarlo for the State Assembly in 2001.