Gussen withdraws from challenge to Huttle and Johnson

Teaneck Councilman Adam Gussen, who last week filed papers with the Bergen County Democratic Organization to run against Assembly members Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Fair Lawn), has withdrawn.

“Though I have no doubt of my potential for success in this race, I truly understand the need for a strong and united Bergen County Democratic Organization,” Gussen said in a statement. “I want to thank those who encouraged me to run and let them know that their support was greatly appreciated. I can not rule out future runs for the Legislature.”

Gussen’s challenge was not welcome by BCDO Chairman Michael Kasparian, who as a good will gesture last month stated that would not field a challenge against the incumbents, who are aligned the Real Bergen Democrats — a group of reformers that has traditionally been at odds with the larger county party and its indicted former chairman, Joe Ferriero.

“I am glad that Adam put the interest of party unity ahead of his desire to serve,” said Kasparian. “I have no doubt that Adam has a bright future in either electoral politics or any path he ultimately chooses.”

Gussen withdraws from challenge to Huttle and Johnson