HACKENSACK – Although national and statewide Democratic stars such as retired four-star general and former NATO commander Wesley Clark and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop came to Bergen County this week to back Freeholder Jim Tedesco’s bid to be county executive, a prominent GOP stalwart said these visits will count “not in the least” come November.
“You can’t transfer support like that,” said Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin. “Fulop is out of Jersey City, and Jersey City has nothing to do with Bergen County. Fulop wants to run for governor, he knows that [state Senate President] Steve Sweeney [D-3] is one of his competition, and he very much wants the Bergen Democratic line in the gubernatorial primary. Clark is a general and he was a failed  presidential candidate who didn’t get past the first round of primaries. It means absolutely nothing. It shows that Tedesco is flailing and that he has to bring in all of these surrogates who are just names in passing. It doesn’t make a twit of a difference.”
Democrats Clark and Fulop, both veterans, appeared on Wednesday in support of Tedesco at an American Legion post in Fair Lawn, where a crowd of mostly veterans was present. But Yudin, a Vietnam War-era U.S. Navy veteran, was unconvinced that their endorsement will convince veterans to vote for Tedesco instead of Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.
“Veterans know that the Democratic President [Barack] Obama is a failed president who is destroying our military abilities by downsizing them immensely, as well as being responsible for the ongoing fiasco in the Veterans Administration,” Yudin said. “I think if anything this all hurts Tedesco, not helps him.”