The Record’s Charles Stile is reporting that former Freeholder Todd Caliguire is considering a bid for Bergen County Executive, opening the door to a fight for the Republican nomination against County Clerk Kathleen Donovan. Caliguire narrowly beat Donovan in the 2006 primary and went on to lose the general election to Democrat Dennis C. McNerney by twenty percentage points. Donovan won a key endorsement last month from Bergen County GOP Chairman Robert Yudin, who ran on a slate with Caliguire four years ago. Yudin told Stile that Caliguire can’t beat McNerney, who seems to be on the defensive in a race against Donovan, a five-term County Clerk. Democrats appear so frightened of McNerney that there is constant talk of replacing him as their candidate.
If Caliguire runs, it would be his fourth campaign in five years. He finished last in the 2005 GOP gubernatorial primary, and also lost a bitter State Senate primary to Kevin O’Toole (R-Cedar Grove) in 2007.