Bergen sheriff’s candidate vows to end ‘duplicate services’

ONLY ON CVP: An overflow crowd packed the Fiesta on Route 17 Friday night for a fundraiser for Bergen County sheriff candidate Michael Saudino, Emerson’s police chief.

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Saudino at Friday night’s fundraiser

More than 400 people, from patrol officers to chiefs, packed the room for the Republican challenger to Sheriff Leo McGuire.

Freeholders John Driscoll and Ron Hermansen were among the county officials and numerous local mayors and council members who turned out in support.

For laughs, Uncle Floyd “rocked the house,” said Danielle DiPaola, an Oradell business owner. “He really was funny.”

When Saudino took the podium, the tone got serious, however.

“I want to stop the wasteful spending in the sheriff’s budget. I want to work with local law enforcement agencies and allow them to carry out their duties,” Saudino told the raucous, appreciative crowd. “We don’t need duplication of services in these difficult economic times.”

Saudino reserved special praise for a U.S. Marine who served in the Middle East. Like most of the other presentations, it was a real crowd-pleaser.

McGuire, meanwhile, was set to appear on “Fox and Friends,” this morning at 9:45 a.m. debating the merits of San Francisco PD’s pilot program of hiring civilians to take minor complaints and do low-level investigations.

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