Bergen GOP veteran Vandervalk won’t pursue re-election

Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk, (R-39), Westwood, won’t run for re-election. 

“She has notified me by phone and in writing,” said Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin, who has scheduled a Sept. 12 Thirty-Ninth District committee convention to find a replacement GOP candidate.

A day after a pronounced uptick of insider buzz reached that she would imminently announce her retirement, Vandervalk told that it was not any one thing sparking her decision.

“It boils down to ‘it’s time,’” said the 74-year-old legislator from Montvale who served 21 years in the Assembly and 11 years in county and local government.

“I feel very good that Christie is at the helm,” she added of the Republican governor. “These are difficult times, but I can see things turning around. I’ll miss the people. It is a difficult decision, but finally, ‘it’s time.’”

Vying for Vandervalk’s seat are Holly Schepisi, a borough attorney in River Vale, and Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen.

Vandervalk supports Schepisi to succeed her.

The party faces a Sept. 15 deadline to get a candidate.

Bergen GOP veteran Vandervalk won’t pursue re-election