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NJ GOP Welcomes Former Sheriff Ousted Over Racist Rant

Former Democratic Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino received ‘enthusiastic applause’ when he addressed the county’s Republican Organization

Former Democratic Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino
Credit: Matt Katz / WNYC News
Former Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino

Former Democratic Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino resigned last year after a tape obtained by WNYC caught him making racist remarks about black residents and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who is Sikh. Now, Saudino is being welcomed back to political life — by Republicans. 

Saudino received “enthusiastic applause” when he addressed the Bergen County Republican Organization meeting Tuesday night, according to the New Jersey Globe, which first reported Saudino’s reemergence. 

“I think he can support the Republican platform and Republican ideals, and I think he will be helpful to our candidates just as any other candidate would be,” Jack Zisa, the chairman of the Bergen County Republican Organization, told WNYC. “He’s got more contacts than most other Republicans.“

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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