Passaic Dems in trouble

Despite Jon Corzine defeating Chris Christie in Passaic County 51 to 44%, the GOP swept three Democratic freeholders and clerk out of office last year.

This year, Democrats took consolation in sure-shots U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale on the ballot as two more incumbent Democratic freeholders hope to hold on to power and prevent a GOP takeover of the mountainous north country county.

The good news for Dems is that Pascrell appears locked into an 8th Congressional district re-election bid.

But the Democratic Party bad news came about an hour ago when Speziale announced that he is leaving his post as sheriff to pursue a job at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a career move engineered in part by the Republican tag team of state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Cedar Grove) and Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne), who worked the Christie front office on Speziale’s behalf. Passaic Dems in trouble