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Bergen County executive announces bid for re-election

Jim Tedesco outlines battling opioid epidemic, improvement of infrastructure as some of the goals yet to be achieved

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HACKENSACK — Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced Monday morning his desire to serve for another four years.

The former councilman, freeholder, and volunteer firefighter says there's more to do in the county, including improving infrastructure by building a light rail and fixing the Route 17 bottleneck. Combatting the opioid epidemic and updating lines in fire codes are some of Tedesco’s other goals. Tedesco also took a stab at President Trump for the recently passed tax bill.

In a speech that seemed energized under new state leadership, Tedesco received support from Gov. Phil Murphy, Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, and Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell.

Tedesco highlighted his achievements over the past four years, including providing full-time county workers a $15 minimum wage, restoring $6.5 million in education funding slashed by the Christie Administration, ending homelessness among veterans, and cutting the county's tax rate.

Opponents running for the county executive race have not yet been disclosed.

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