Sarlo and Scalera sound off on 36

HACKENSACK – PolitickerNJ.com’s Wally Edge pointed out this month that state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) had not donated any money to his two Democratic district mates who are up for reelection: Assemblymen Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Fred Scalera (D-Nutley).

According to Sarlo, that was all part of a strategy.

“The strategy of the campaign we implemented in [District] 36 could not have been better. We have pooled our resources as necessary,” said Sarlo, who added that a lot of his contributions to Schaer and Scalera have been in-kind, but that “it will probably be more than any other senator has given his assemblymen – I can guarantee you that.”

Upon hearing that, Scalera, who was standing next to Sarlo, turned to him, gave him a high five and said “my friend.”

Republicans paid a lot of attention to District 36 early in the campaign season, but their candidates, Don Diorio and Carmen Pio Costa, raised a total of $7,753 as of the 29-day pre-election reports. Schaer and Scalera, by contrast, raised $437,954.

“The Assembly Republican leadership has abandoned this district, recognizing that this is a solid Democratic district,” said Sarlo.

Scalera noted that there were at least two Republican mailers circulating in the district’s Bergen, Passaic and Essex County towns.

“They must have found some money some place,” he said.

Sarlo and Scalera sound off on 36