Hackensack officials are set to meet with the prosecutor’s office this morning for a briefing on charges filed against Police Chief Ken Zisa. The word is that Zisa will step down from his law enforcement post, but no one has said anything about his other job: one of the two Democratic Commissioners of the Bergen County Board of Elections. If Zisa is forced to give up his vote-counting job, it might be difficult for Democrats to get a replacement nominated by Gov. Christopher Christie in time for the June primary. It would trigger an early confrontation between Bergen County Democratic Chairman Michael Kasparian, who would likely want a say on a new Board of Elections member, and one or two Democratic State Senators from Bergen County who don’t really care what Kasparian wants. Correction: If Zisa steps down, Kasparian would suggest a replacement to the governor; Senators have no say in this process.
The next Election Day in Bergen County comes on in twelve days, when voters in Mahwah and Teterboro go to the polls to elect local governing body members in the May 11 non-partisan municipal elections.