Mahwah Politician Eyes Assembly Run

Former Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen plans to run for his party's nomination for an assembly seat, reports say

A former Mahwah Councilman and ex-Bergen County Freeholder plans to run for the Republican nomination for a state assembly seat in the 39th District, reports said Wednesday.

According to a NorthJersey.com report, Rob Hermansen, who served as a Mahwah councilman before he won a seat on the Bergen County Freeholder Board in 2009, announced Tuesday his intent to replace Republican Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, who is under indictment. Schroeder “so far has resisted calls from party leaders to step down from the Assembly, where he has served since 2010,” the report said. “An indictment issued on Dec. 21 accuses him of stealing $1.89 million from five people who lent him money for a business venture and with writing 47 bad checks to 12 individuals who lent him money.”

Schroeder has refused to comment on the situation, and whether or not he will run, NJ.com reported. However, if he chooses to run, he is not expected to get the Republican party endorsement, the report said.

Hermansen, who lost reelection to his Freeholder seat in November, said he feels his seven years experience as a councilman and Freeholder have prepared him for the job, NJ.com reported.

According to NorthJersey.com, many other politicians have expressed interest in nabbing the Republican nomination, including Saddle River Councilwoman Karen Mastriano, Old Tappan Mayor Victor M. Polce, Westwood Councilman Cynthia Waneck, and Robert Auth, an advisor to State Sen. Gerald Cardinale.

The Northeast Bergen County Republican Organization is expected to make its recommendation for who should get the party’s nomination in February, reports said.

The 39th Legislative District represents many towns in Bergen and Passaic counties, including Mahwah and Ramsey.

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