A challenge for Ed Rochford?

One hears that Steve Olimpio, who ran for Kinnelon Borough Council as a Democrat last year, has switched parties and will run for Morris County sheriff this year as a Republican …
Olimpio is a Paterson detective.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

17 Responses to A challenge for Ed Rochford?

  1. Morris Optimist says:

    Ed Rochford has done a terrific job as sheriff. The sheriff’s department is very well run. Morris County is fortunate to have Rochford. I think that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to beat him. This guy should wait until Rochford announces he won’t run again (which I hope will be many years away) before he tries to run for sheriff.

    Also, if Olimpio was a Democrat until very recently, why not just run against Rochford in the general election as a Democrat? You can never trust party-switchers who are obviously motivated only by their own ambitions.

  2. Ed Ramirez says:

    Has anyone heard about the snowball in hell.

  3. Tom Lenox says:

    @Ed Ramirez – Apparently, Mr. Olimpio has not.

    For full disclosure, I’m a registered Dem. and very liberal, but I’ve voted for Rochford everytime – despite the “R” to the right of his name. He’s an excellent police officer, and a great sherriff.

  4. Tom Lenox says:

    He’s even a great sheriff. Damn typos.

  5. InTheKnow says:

    Actually while Rochford has been Sheriff the MCSO has a record number of lawsuits and employees gone out on disability costing the county literally millions of dollars. Thats a fact research it.

  6. P says:

    If you manage in a union environment (especially a public sector union), and you haven’t had a grievance filed against you, you aren’t doing your job – Go Get’em Ed!

  7. InTheKnow says:

    You got it P. Everytime Ed goes and gets’em it costs the county a ton of money. You are a genius P maybe you should run for Sheriff.

  8. cm says:

    Did you know that if Ed wins again over 160 people will be out of a job? He plans on prioitizing the jails and firing all the CO’s and replacing them with outside sec. guards

  9. P says:

    and that’s bad because . . . ?

    A bunch of overpaid public sector union employees with Cadillac health care plans and gold-plated lifetime retirement benefits funded courtesy of NJ taxpayers will be replaced with competent lower cost non-union workers that will save us money now and in the future. What’s not to like.

    Any chance we can outsource the whole thing to overseas and really save a bundle? How do you say “grab your ankles and bend over, it’s time for your cavity search,” in Hindi??

  10. James O'Brien says:

    For the record “P”, we do not have cadillac health plans or gold-plated lifetime retirement benefits. The truth is the unions in the morris county sheriff’s office agreed many years ago to start paying part of the cost of our health insurance. That’s right. Long before the governor came up with the idea, we agreed to pay. As for our pensions, we contribute to them as well. Law enforcement officers contribute more than any other public employees in the state. And you are correct that any boss who deals with union employees, private or public sector, will have grievances filed against them. But how many have had to spend millions to fight off lawsuits filed by employees? Do some research on the subject and maybe your opinion will change. And anytime you want to earn our pay and benefits, come on down and fill out an application. My guess is, at the end of your first day, if you made it to the end, you would agree that we earn our pay and then some.

  11. Ed Rochford says:

    I need to hang up my shoes, and am terrified of what olimpio brings to the table. He’s a good patrolmen, better than I ever was. I give him my vote to make Morris County a better community

  12. Pete says:

    Ed Rochford is a fantastic public servant, has his career law enforcement experience in Morris County not from another county. If he can downsize and offer comparable service that great. The last thing we need is the head of the union taking over management’s role. Talk about the ‘fox’ in the hen house. The last time we had a Fox as sheriff he ended up in jail himself.

  13. g says:

    Does anyone know what Olympio’s current or past position in homeland security is/was?

  14. Pete says:

    See: http://www.politickernj.com/wallye/38735/morris-sheriff-candidates-claims-be-homeland-security-commissioner-job-does-not-exist

    History:
    -1972 Came to US from Italy, lived in Paterson
    -1986 became a Paterson Police Officer
    -2003 elected as President of PBA Local #1

  15. James says:

    Ed Rochford has been non-existent and rests on his laurels while the community demands a fundamental shift from traditional politicians to people who are willing to take risks and be responsive to their Morris County constituency. Steve represents that change. VOTE Olimpio in June.

  16. Pete says:

    Gee James…. “a fundemental shift from traditional politicians” Sounds like the same pitch that Obama gave. How’d that work out???

    Look at the record:

    1. Do we want a union president for the police now becoming the politician changing things for the police?
    2. Rochford has management experience, how about the other guy?

    Sounds like a no brainer to me and any intellegent person

  17. Tom says:

    Sheriff Ed has done a GREAT job.
    Olympio wants to give all the sheriff’s officers raises if he gets elected.
    Keep him away from that office.
    Buying votes with our tax money.

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