John Quattrocchi is in his fifth term as a member of the Verona Board of Education. For a time this week, he was also a candidate for his first term in the New Jersey state Assembly.
The New Jersey Republican Party put up a splashy page on its website with the Republican candidates for all the races in this November’s election, from gubernatorial hopeful Kim Guadagno to the state Senate and Assembly contenders in every district. And there, in the Republican lineup for District 22, was a photo of Verona’s Quattrocchi.
Verona is not part of District 22, an eyebrow shaped sliver that arches across central Jersey towns from Rahway to Dunellen. Verona belongs to District 26, which sprawls from here all the way up to West Milford on the New York state border. Was our BOE president thinking of abandoning the old Verona house he’s been restoring for a longer commute to his day job in Manhattan?
No. It seems that the state GOP didn’t do its homework before it put up its website. The candidate for the 22nd district is John C. Quattrocchi, a resident of Clark. Our guy is John A. Quattrocchi. But John C. didn’t put his middle initial on his filings with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. And when you do a Google image search for John Quattrocchi, our guy comes up first.
“Looks like me — a lot,” texted our Quattrocchi when MyVeronaNJ.com alerted him to his purported candidacy. “I can assure you that I have zero idea what it is about and I’m sure I don’t live in district 22.”
So what does John C. Quattrocchi look like? We don’t know. Alerted to its mistake, the state GOP replaced the initial photo with a generic logo. We’ll wish him well, though as a Republican his chances are slim in a district where registered Democrats outweigh Republicans by about three to one.