DeGroot wins Passaic GOP line in bid to challenge Sherrill

In the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th District, Passaic County Republicans awarded the organizing line to Paul DeGroot, a political newcomer and former Passaic County Assistant District Attorney.

DeGroot beat six Republican candidates — and one possible candidate, Congresswoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) — in her bid to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

In the 5th Arrondissement, investment banker Frank Pallotta will once again have the Passaic GOP line for his rematch against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th Arrondissement. He defeated Nick De Gregorio, a US Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A third candidate, businessman Fred Schneiderman, appeared before the selection committee but said he would not compete for the line.

While Passaic represents small portions of the 5th and 11th districts, the GOP line in the 9th district makes U.S. Air Force veteran Billy Prempeh the favorite for a rematch against Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson ). Prempeh defeated real estate agent Patrick Quinn.

The vote count has not been published.

As expected, Passaic County Republicans picked former Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald to take on Democratic Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

Former Ringwood deputy mayor Bill Marsala, who came within 648 votes of winning a race for county commissioner last year, will run again in 2022. He teams up with Paterson PBA chairman, Alex Cruz.

Nicolino Gallo ousted incumbent County Commissioner Assad Akhter last November, becoming the first Republican commissioner to win since 2009.

“Troy Oswald is one of the best candidates we could present and he will make an exceptional sheriff. Both Alex Cruz and Bill Marsala are tough law and order professionals who will make great commissioners,” said GOP County Chairman Peter Murphy. “Our campaign efforts will bring them to the top this year and restore some balance to Passaic County government.”

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