Recognized among the most decorated military leaders of his generation, Clark, a Vietnam veteran, is a recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, 4 Legion Merits and 7 Distinguished Service medals. He rose to national prominence while commanding Operation Allied Force during the Kosovo War, which successfully stopped the Yugoslavian genocide. He was later a Democratic candidate for President of the United States.
Tedesco is honored that General Clark has offered to come to Bergen County. “General Wesley Clark is an American hero and I am honored to have his support. We can never fully repay our debts of gratitude to the men and women who serve in the military, but Bergen County has a moral obligation to do more. I look forward to having General Clark join me in speaking with local veterans to help bring attention to the role county government must play in supporting our national heroes,” said Tedesco.
Tedesco’s candidacy was brought to Clark’s attention by his former chief speechwriter and Wyckoff resident Josh Gottheimer. Gottheimer, who in addition to his work for Clark previously served as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and as an advisor to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Josh, currently General Manager of Corporate Strategy at Microsoft, is an informal adviser to Tedesco.
Jim Tedesco is currently serving in his first term on the Bergen County Freeholder Board and is a former two-term Mayor of Paramus. He has been a Paramus volunteer firefighter for 38 years, twice being selected to serve as chief of the Department. He currently serves as the Deputy OEM Director in Paramus. Tedesco's son James followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the New York City Fire Department shortly after 9/11.