Source: A DiGaetano Departure Sets Up Battle Between Zisa and Langschultz for BCRO Chairmanship


Bergen County Republican Chairman Paul DiGaetano is said to be in position to “resign soon, for the good of the party,” a source told InsiderNJ.

The chair irritated a wide swath of already divided Republicans when he ran for state senate last year and lost to state Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40).

The source said the impending resignation sets up a showdown between last years LD38 senate candidate Kelly Langschultz (a New Milford Councilwoman) and former Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa to chair the wounded and financially broke party organization, the source said.

Zisa is close to DiGaetano, and served as a member of his kitchen cabinet when the former assemblyman turned county party chairman first deposed former Bergen GOP Chair Bob Yudin.

Facing the reelection kickoff tomorrow by incumbent Democratic County Executive Jim Tedesco, the party is attempting to pull itself together around a countywide ticket that includes Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmeltz for county executive and Hector Olmo for freeholder.

Editor’s Note: LD38 Chair Jim Arkelian is also reported to be interested in the county party chairmanship. 

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