Fifth district Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Shulman today announced the support of 38th district Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Bergen County Freeholder James Carroll in his primary bid against Camille Abate.
The Bergen County Democratic Organization will hold a convention on February 28th to choose the candidate who will occupy the county line in the district, the biggest chunk of which is in Bergen County – especially amongst Democratic primary voters.
Shulman has the support of New Milford Mayor Frank DeBari and Alpine Mayor Paul Tomasko, as well as several municipal chairs and former 39th district legislative candidates Joe Ariyan, Esther Fletcher and Carl Manna. Abate recently announced the support of Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale and several local union officials.
Whoever wins the nomination will be the underdog against Republican incumbent Scott Garrett, a conservative who has held the seat since succeeding Marge Roukema in 2003.
Shulman has raised almost $200,000 for his campaign so far – about twice as much as Abate.