Some political conflicts never go away: State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) today opposed the nomination of the State Senator he unseated 28 years ago to serve as the Morris County Superintendent of Elections. The Senate Judiciary is considering 78-year-old Frank Herbert, who represented Bergen County in the Senate from 1978 to 1982, for the $102,304-a-year elections post in Morris, where he now resides.
The committee went into recess without approving Herbert's nomination, although it could still be done before the end of the day.
Frustrated by his inability to select a new Superintendent of Elections to replace the late RoseanneTravaglia without having State Sens. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) and Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) block the gubernatorial appointment, Morris County Democratic Chairman Lewis Candura recommended Herbert, a retired English teacher from Rockaway. Senate rules do not permit senatorial courtesy to be used to block a former member of the upper house.
Cardinale easily defeated Herbert, 58%-42% — a margin of nearly 11,000 votes. Herbert won 28% in his 1994 congressional bid against Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) and 39% when he challenged Bucco in 2007.