Tue. Nov 13th, 2018

NAACP president elected to switch sheriff caught in racist rant

Voters elected Anthony Cureton to switch Michael Saudino, who resigned after a scandal this yr. Watch video

Bergen County voters elected Anthony Cureton Tuesday to fill the position of sheriff after the departure of disgraced former Sheriff Michael Saudino earlier this yr.

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According to unofficial outcomes, Cureton, a Democrat, obtained 53 % of the votes, whereas Republican John “Jack” DeLorenzo obtained 37 %. Independents James M. Ahearn obtained 1 %, Robert J Kugler and Robert P. Tormo every obtained about four %. 

“When we started, we knew that not only would this be a challenging campaign but that this was a critical time for the Sheriff’s office,” Cureton stated throughout his victory speech. “That it was time for new leadership to move the department forward.” 

Saudino resigned Sept. 21 after a recording of him making racist feedback was made public and everybody from the governor to the legal professional normal called on him to step down.

State officers then grappled with conflicting election legal guidelines and decided that 41 days was far sufficient out to carry an election for a full sheriff’s time period.

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The political events scrambled to establish candidates for the three-year workplace.

Cureton retired as a detective sergeant from the Englewood Police Department in July 2014. The NAACP president was backed by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. 

DeLorenzo retired as a detective captain from the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department after serving 25 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran, served within the Military Peace Corps and three phrases on the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education earlier than being elected mayor. His present time period ends in 2019.

Kugler, who’s chief of police in Saddle Brook, sued to attempt to cease the election two weeks in the past, saying Gov. Phil Murphy ought to appoint a sheriff till subsequent yr’s election. His bid was denied by Judge Mitchel E. Ostrer, who stated Kugler might contest the election after it’s held. 

Ahearn retired in 2003 from the Rutherford Police Department. And Tormo retired in 2017 from the State Police. 

Allison Pries could also be reached at apries@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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