Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Gop Trio in 37th Say They Face Tough Odds

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Gop Trio in 37th Say They Face Tough Odds

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The Republican candidates are not likely to get much outside help from their party this year.

From gun control to gambling, Republicans running in the 37th Legislative District said Thursday that they would follow Governor Christie's lead on several key issues, placing them in a pool of GOP hopefuls from Wood-Ridge to Fair Lawn who are looking to Christie for a boost against well-entrenched incumbents.

"It is my intent to uphold all the governor's vetoes without equivocation," Assembly candidate Deirdre Paul of Englewood said at a meeting with The Record's editorial board, one of several comments she and fellow GOP candidates Gino Tessaro and Paul Duggan made in support of the Republican governor. Tessaro, of Hackensack, is running for Assembly and Duggan, of Bogota, for state Senate.

The candidates acknowledged that they face long odds in the Democratic stronghold where any campaign will be seen as a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. The senator, a Teaneck grandmother, was former Gov. Jon Corzine's running mate and has since stood out as one of Christie's staunchest opponents.

'Like latrine duty'

"Our district has always been treated by our party with everything from benign neglect to sinister benign neglect," said Duggan. "Not to be crass about it, but it's sort of like the latrine duty of the Republican Party."

The candidates are not likely to get much outside help from their party this year. Christie has thrown a few signature barbs at all the Democratic incumbents in North Jersey -- over the years he has urged reporters to "take a bat out" on Weinberg and called Wood- Ridge's Paul Sarlo an "arrogant SOB" -- but he has said he will focus this year on unseating Sen. Bob Gordon of Fair Lawn, who is expected to be one of the Republicans' easiest targets.

Nevertheless, Duggan, Paul and Tessaro said they were entering the campaign prepared for a healthy discussion of the issues.

Duggan and Tessaro said they agreed with the governor's controversial veto in August of three gun-control bills that would have banned . …

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