RUTHERFORD – The contested Republican mayoral primary in Rutherford offers voters in the Bergen County borough an interesting choice.
Incumbent Mayor Joe DeSalvo, 47, an electrician by trade, a council member since 2009 and mayor since 2012, is facing off on June 2 for the GOP nomination against attorney Daphne Williams-Fox, 52.
The first half of this hyphenated last name is familiar to fans of New Jersey literary lore: Williams-Fox is the granddaughter of famed poet William Carlos Williams, author of the epic poem Paterson, mentor to fellow famed Garden State-born poet Allen Ginsberg, and a family doctor fixture in Rutherford, where he was born and died.
When asked by PolitickerNJ if Williams-Fox’s literary lineage had any import for Rutherford’s Republican primary voters, Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) Chairman Bob Yudin declined comment.
Yudin, however, had plenty to say in support of DeSalvo.
“Joe DeSalvo is the incumbent mayor, and he’s done a very good job,” said Yudin. “I have absolutely no animosity toward his competition at all, but he hasn’t done anything egregious. As the county Republican chairman, it’s my obligation to support incumbents unless there is something egregious happening. His work as Rutherford’s mayor has been commendable.”