And if you are Peter Murphy, you certainly don't need that again!
Candidate John McCann served as the right-hand-man to the Democrat Sheriff of Bergen County (according to the Bergen Record). He's the guy who switched Bergen County from GOP red to Democrat blue. In 2016, the Sheriff ran on a ticket headed by Democrats Hillary Clinton for President and Josh Gottheimer for Congress. John McCann worked for him then, and continued to work for him until late last year, when he departed to run for Congress (after sending Saudino a love letter about how proud he was to have worked for the Democrat).
A case in point is John McCann's sneaky little way of getting contributions to Democrat candidates. Take this example from Passaic County.
McCann's wife used her maiden name and her office address in New York City to slip $1,000.00 to a Democrat running in Wayne Township. Here is a copy of the report, filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC):
Why is Peter Murphy supporting someone who gives money to Democrats in his own county? John McCann works for Democrats in Bergen County and donates to Democrats in Passaic County. Why would any Republican with even a little self-respect have anything to do with him?
Is it because Peter is a kind of shaky guy himself? Or maybe it's because there's a deal in the works -- one that would turn Congress over to Nancy Pelosi in the hope that the Democrats will allow the County GOP to keep a few patronage jobs over at the County Clerk's office. Who knows? With Peter Murphy, anything is possible.
Earlier this month (March 12, 2018) on NJTV, Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier praised Democrat Congressman Gottheimer -- the liberal they claim they want to beat! Traier is a placeholder for Peter Murphy, who was barred from holding the party chairmanship because of his conviction for public corruption. Earlier this month, the Passaic GOP formally changed its rules to allow convicts to run the party organization.
Here's what Chairman Traier (Murphy's beard) had to say about the Democrat:
“Congressman Gottheimer is much more moderate than most Democrats,” said John Traier, chairman of the Passaic County Republican Committee.
“It’s very important for a congressman of either party to be sensitive to the needs of their district, and you’ve got to give them at least satisfactory grades for what’s he’s done and what he’s accomplished for Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties.”
Wow. What an arsehole!
Expect to see that quote on Democrat Gottheimer's direct mail and cable ads this Fall.
And when you think back and recall how this same Passaic County GOP Chairman, John Traier, attacked conservative Republican Congressman Scott Garrett in 2016 it has to make you wonder if there is such a thing as a Republican Party in Passaic County anymore. Maybe the critics are right. Maybe it is just the smaller, weaker wing of the same party -- the "green" party -- on the hunt for a nice wad of hot greasy cash.