Ortiz wins

Attorney Rob Ortiz was elected Bergen County Republican Chairman tonight, easily defeating two opponents to succeed Guy Talarico at the helm of a struggling party organization.

Ortiz won 263 votes, to 171 for Bergenfield GOP Chairman Ben Focarino and 24 for former New Jersey Christian Coalition President Bill Thomson.

Talarico resigned the day after the June primary, after backing losing candidates for the State Senate and Assembly in the 40th district.

Ortiz wins