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Montclair Deputy Mayor Eyes Bid for Governor

Robert Russo will not seek re-election in 2016 and will instead turn his attention to the 2017 gubernatorial race.

Montclair Deputy Mayor Bob Russo (Patch file photo)
Montclair Deputy Mayor Bob Russo (Patch file photo)
Written By Jenny Goldberg

Montclair Deputy Mayor Robert Russo ended Tuesday night's council meeting with a surprise twist by announcing his candidacy for governor.

The Democrat, who was sitting in the mayor's seat for Robert Jackson who missed the meeting, said he would not seek re-election in Montclair's 2016 municipal election and instead will turn his attention to the 2017 gubernatorial race.

Russo, however, clarified his statement on Wednesday by saying he plans to launch an exploratory committee over the next year, according to The Montclair Times.

The four-time councilman and former mayor said he understands there will be other candidates with more resources and admitted he'd back someone else who shared the same values as him, according to the Times.

Russo, who was first elected to the township council in 1992, compared his qualifications to those of former Gov. Jim McGreevy when he ran for the statehouse in 1997.
sammy June 19, 2014 at 09:40 AM
first i ask myself, what does he gain other than name recongnition? Secondly, above is interesting , comments on pension mess. correct Whitman did the nasty and then the dems just followed that up with where we are today. When does the mess get cleaned up. Yes , workers put in, but the rest is our money.
Joe R June 19, 2014 at 09:57 AM
"Every home owner in N.J. pays 20%.." Totally bogus information which amounts to a lie. Paying for good schools, police and fire protection is expensive and the big corporations which do not pay their fair share in taxes profit from all these publically funded entities.
Paint June 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Doesn't much matter people are leaving NJ as fast as they can . The liberal way simply is a downward spiral and it shows
Joe R June 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM
People are leaving NJ as fast as they can???? And people are moving into NJ, entrepreneurs, enterprising immigrants (LEGAL) and NJ has a fairly healthy birth rate. But the right wingers and the corporate whores who want us to further lower taxes on big corporations and the wealthy perpetuate the myth that NJ is losing population which is a big fat LIE. In the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91%, now it's 39.6%.

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