The wave of GOP Healy love continued in West New York last night, but famously conservative state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) said his was hardly a Specter-sized appearance at a fundraiser for Democratic Mayor Jerramiah Healy and his running mates.
“I was invited to speak in support of (Council candidate) Guy Catrillo, who’s a Republican,” said Cardinale. “County Chairman Jose Arango invited me, and the municipal party chair asked me to show the flag for him. Look, the bottom line is if you don’t run on the Healy ticket in Jersey City, can’t get elected. From time to time I go to Jersey City to support Republican candidates.
“They run nonparitisan elections there,” Cardinale added. “There is no one running as a Republican on any of the other slates, as far as I know.”
The senator said he seized the opportunity to plug his candidate for governor, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.
Cardinale’s fundraiser appearance came days after news that state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) also surfaced at a campaign event for Healy, who’s the favorite to win reelection in his mayoral bid.