Ferriero will ask Coniglio to drop out

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero will push State Senator Joseph Coniglio to drop his bid for re-election, according to sources close to the Bergen Democratic leader. But Ferriero, who paid for a poll earlier this month to test voter reaction to Coniglio as the target of a federal criminal investigation, has not yet told Coniglio that the party will ask him to end his campaign for a third term.

Based on the poll results, Democrats are concerned that Coniglio — whether he is indicted before November or not — could lose his 38th district Senate seat to Republican Robert Colletti, a former Elmwood Park Councilman.

Insiders say that Paramus Mayor James Tedesco is the leading contender to replace Coniglio on the ballot, and not Assemblyman Robert Gordon or Assemblywoman Joan Voss. Ferriero will ask Coniglio to drop out