Stile on Bergen: where’s the campaign?

Charles Stile's must-read column in The Record today underscored what many in Bergen County and around the state have been saying for many months: newly-elected Bergen County Democratic Chairman Michael Kasparian has been reluctant to put an infrastructure in place that would ensure a Democratic victory this November for Jon Corzine and freshmen Freeholders Vernon Walton and Julie O'Brien.

Unlike his predecessor Joseph Ferriero, Kasparian has never served as an elected official and has no experience in running any type of political organization. He has surrounded himself with Ferriero holdovers, including BCDO spokesman and Trenton lobbyist Bill Maer, leading some to complain that he is sending the wrong message to the voters about cleaning up the county organization even as he has refused to utilize some of the organizational methods Ferriero had in place to turn Bergen County into a Democratic stronghold.

Winning Bergen County is critical to GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie: no Republican has even won statewide without carrying Bergen.

  Stile on Bergen: where’s the campaign?