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Cesaro: 'I Want to Take My Skills to the Next Level'

Parsippany councilman announces run for county freeholder

Parsippany Township Council member John Cesaro announced Tuesday that he's running for a seat on the Morris County Board of Freeholders. 

"I love Morris County. I want to raise my family here," Cesaro told Patch. "I feel I've done a lot for Parsippany, so I want to take my skills to the next level.

Cesaro has already found a political home on the Morris Conservative Team ticket for the June primary election along with former Washington Township Mayor John Krickus and David Scappicchio, a former mayor of Mount Olive.

The race, which could end up featuring during a .

Cesaro appears to have a well of goodwill among county Republicans. His nominating address for BettyLou DeCroce was warmly received last month by those attending the . 

In a statement, the Cesaro-Krickus-Scappicchio ticket set forth its reason for targeting the incumbent freeholders seeking re-election:

“In 2010 and 2011, three incumbent Republican Morris County freeholders were defeated by primary challengers, clearly demonstrating that Republican voters are eager to challenge the party’s status quo and elect reform-minded, conservative Republicans—Republicans in name and action."

The challengers' campaign reportedly will focus on cutting county government spending and making the delivery of services more efficient.

Cesaro, an attorney who lives with his wife and child in Parsippany, is in his second council term, which is set to expire at the end of 2013.

Krickus is a certified public accountant who lives in Long Valley with his spouse and two daughters.

Scapicchio, whose term as Mount Olive's mayor ended at the end of 2011, is now a partner in residential construction company Scapicchio & Sons. He has been married for 35 years and has four daughters.

Tom Wyka February 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Skills? OK let’s enumerate them… 1) Is it the skill of bilking the taxpayers out of money by awarding the highest priced bid to your political friends? “Cesaro appears to have a well of goodwill among county Republicans. His nominating address for BettyLou DeCroce was warmly received last month by those attending the GOP convention convened to fill the General Assembly seat of the late Alex DeCroce. “ That statement says a lot. It’s no wonder Cesaro is a big fan of Decroce (former chair of the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund) since they were both in league with one of the most egregious violations of the public trust in recent town history… http://www.northjersey.com/news/79380022.html?page=all http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2009/12/03/105719.htm (And yes – Parsippany GOP fans – I’ll keep saying it until all accomplices are out of politics “for good” – and I mean that literally.) 2) Is being a “reform-minded” Republican mean that you disingenuously vote for Pay-to-Play reform prior to an election – then trash it after the election is over? http://www.northjersey.com/news/90063967_Politics_pushes_out_pay-to-play.html?page=all
Tom Wyka February 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
3) Is being a “reform-minded” Republican mean that you plagiarize a state-level law and create a local “Transparency Ordinance” to supposedly help citizens see where their tax dollars go – then sit on the convening of said committee for nearly a year because the outgoing mayor had the audacity to appoint two well qualified people who make their living doing exactly what the ordinance intended… then retroactively change the committee membership to dispose of those people that were not of your political stripe. (Update – still nothing produced by this committee 2.5 years after it’s inception. Should we even get into the "skill" of taking a moment to insensitively grandstand (and puff up your conservative credentials) about a program that while deeply flawed - still allows us to do good things for people, like veterans. Is that a good Republican? http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/tk-ccd778f1 OK - Cesaro fans.... Have at it.... Call me bitter and bring on all those cogent logical arguments of how this culture of government is beneficial to our community. I enjoy the discussion as always.
Bob Taylor February 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Well Mr. Bitter, Say want you want about Cesaro's skills, on this Town Council he is the only one that has any. WIth all due respect to dePierro; he is past his prime and should move on. The other 3 are just buffoons with no business knowledge to run anything let alone this community. If he is elected to County Freeholder, then we will have another Sons of Italy member take is place and continue the tradition. You should not blame Cesaro, blame the Constitution to allow people the right to elect their officials and then re-elect them. The current make-up of the Town Council proves the old adage, "it is not what you know, but who you know". In politics that is all that matters; well that and to have money. At least on these two things (who you know and how much $$ you have/can get) both parties agree.
Tom Wyka February 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Mr. Taylor - I'd love for you (as I did) enumerate those "skills". I was just about to add a #5 - but I'll wait for you. (BTW - not to disparage the organization as it does good work as uncomfortable as some may be with the coincidence - but Mr. Cesaro is also in the Sons of Italy.)
Tom Wyka February 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
BTW - it's not Mr. dePierro's age that should ever be at issue. Just his stance on issues. If his business skills were exemplary - why this incoherent piece? http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-sewer-solar-panel-controversy And Mr. Cesaro - if I'm correct - is a one-desk lawyer. Business skills?

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