Wagner wants a Bergen woman in Scalera’s 36th District seat

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Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Paramus) is calling on a leadership in three counties to reconsider a longstanding agreement and appoint a Bergen County woman to outgoing Assemblyman Fred Scalera’s (D-Nutley) seat in the 36th District.

“I hope that the situation presented to us by Assemblyman Scalera stepping down doesn’t create a war amongst our counties,” she said. “I believe that Fred has served admirably and will be missed for his expertise on Homeland Security issues. That being said, I do believe that we can go in a different direction and appoint someone who will take on the role as assemblywoman and lead District 36 just as well as Assemblyman Scalera did. Past precedent aside, I believe that person should be from Bergen County which represents a great majority of the district and would allow for Democrats to more easily keep the seat in the future.  I hope that the Bergen members of the 36th district county committee will come together and pick a suitable female alternative to replace Assemblyman Scalera.”

“There are currently 13 districts without a woman in the New Jersey state legislature,” she said in an email. “That means 2.83 million people in New Jersey are being solely represented by men. Women make up more than 50 percent of the population, but only 28.3 percent of New Jersey legislature is female.”

The leading contender for the seat, if it goes to Bergen, is Freeholder Bernadette McPherson, according to sources.

Wagner wants a Bergen woman in Scalera’s 36th District seat