Mayoral race gets personal in North Bergen

North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and his opponent Larry Wainstein have been involved in a very heated race with both accusing the other of illegal

Larry Wainstein (left) and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco (right) are involved in a very heated race

Larry Wainstein (left) and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco (right) are involved in a very heated race (5/8/15)

NORTH BERGEN - The mayoral race in one Hudson County town is getting heated.

Businessman Larry Wainstein is running against current North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco. Wainstein has been accusing Sacco of running the city like a dictator.

Wainstein has video recordings of people claiming Mayor Sacco forced them to put up his campaign signs.

"We have the Constitution of the United States, and we have the First Amendment right to the freedom of speech. [Mayor Sacco] is denying that right," he says.

Mayor Sacco, who's been mayor for 24 years and is also a state senator and public school administrator in North Bergen, says it's Wainstein who's corrupt.

"As far as I'm concerned, they're criminals and they're race-baiting," Mayor Sacco says.

The mayor says that Wainstein does not even live in North Bergen, and claims he may be running an illegal laundromat.

The allegations between the two have been non-stop. The election will be held Tuesday, May 12.

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