Sandoval will leave GOP

Businessman Jose Sandoval, who has run as a Republican for State Assembly and U.S. Congress and as a candidate in a 2008 non-partisan special election for Mayor of Passaic, is days away from switching parties and becoming a Democrat.

Sandoval had arranged a news conference to announce his party switch with John Currie, the Passaic County Democratic Chairman. But because Sandoval is expected to endorse Vincent Capuana for Mayor in the May election against incumbent Alex Blanco, some Democratic leaders – most notably Assemblyman/Passaic City Councilman Gary Schaer, are asking Currie not to participate.

Sandoval lost races to Schaer and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell. Sandoval will leave GOP