Carl A. Bergmanson (born August 16, 1960) is a conservative Democrat and was the Mayor of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, a borough 10 miles west of New York City, from 2004 - 2007. Bergmanson is a vocal critic of the Democratic Party establishment in New Jersey. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey in both the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial election and 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
He was born on August 16, 1960.
In 2008, Bergmanson led an unsuccessful campaign to recall Governor Jon Corzine, the first effort to recall a governor in New Jersey history. In February 2009, Bergmanson announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 race for Governor of New Jersey. Bergmanson, who ran on a platform of fiscal discipline, governmental reform, and removing the tolls on the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Atlantic City Expressway, finished second in the balloting for the Democratic nomination with 9% of the votes cast behind incumbent governor Jon Corzine, who won re-nomination with 77% of the vote.
Bergmanson continues to criticize the Democratic Party for being financially irresponsible. He has stated that he believes only a fiscally conservative Democrat could potentially beat sitting Governor Chris Christie. On February 8, 2013, he announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination in the 2013 gubernatorial election. He withdrew from the Democratic primary on April 22.
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- "Carl Bergmanson Ends Campaign for Governor". Bergmanson For Governor. bergmansonforgovernor.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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