Citing the need for Passaic County to assert itself in the 34th District and grab one of two seats currently occupied by Essex County pols, The Bergen Record this weekend backed a split ticket.
The North Jersey paper of record backed incumbent Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-34) and Republican challenger John Traier.
Traier the chairman of the Passaic County Republican Party, and “a former Clifton school board member, knows the ins and outs of school funding,” according to the Record’s editorial, “and especially the controversies and inequalities that plague the state’s broken school funding formula, as well as anyone. He has called for a restructuring of the formula and would push to get well-deserved resources for the Clifton school district — home to the second-largest high school in the state — and others like it.
“We believe Traier, a certified public accountant and fiscal conservative, would show independence from his party if the need arose.”
The Record’s endorsement of Traier in the heavily Democratic district came at the expense of seasoned incumbent Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34).
To see the full endorsement, go here.