Democrats descend on Paramus for county convention

PARAMUS – Bergen County Democrats convened on the IBEW tonight, Pascrell forces joined by a hotdog van with a Pascrell banner stretched across the front of it, and Rothman troops bolstered by hundreds of signs plastering the grounds of the union hall.

The Bergen County-based U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) planned to beat U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) of Passaic County in their convention showdown to gain control of the A line in Bergen, but Pascrell’s across-the-river allies showed no signs of intimidation in this Bergen stronghold.

Bergen County Democratic Committee Spokesman Adam Silverstein said committee members should vote around 7:30 tonight on candidates that include Bergen’s picks for Freeholder this year.

The Dems didn’t throw the only county committee party in Bergen on Thursday.

The Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) also intended to meet tonight, in Hackensack, where the GOP notably expected to assemble its freeholder slate. 

The Democrats running for freeholder here didn’t have to worry about an intraparty food fight. North Arlington Councilman Steven. A Tanelli worked the room happily. He’s running with municipal Judge Tracy Zur and the pair presented themselves unopposed at the convention early unless Pascrell decided to throw some bodies onto a line for structural strength. 

The Democrats’ main focus tonight revolved from afar around Hackensack, where the GOP mobilized for a civil war around the setpiece of incumbent Freeholder Rob Hermansen’s longtime spat with BCRO CHairman Bob Yudin.

Democrats descend on Paramus for county convention