County police reportedly showed
up on the scene afterward, and while the sheriff’s department accused them of
interference on behalf of an elected official, county police representatives said it was routine support for a
nighttime traffic stop.
“I was shocked that the
registration lapsed,” DenNicola told the Record. “Was I surprised when I was
pulled over by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department after taking a hard line
against the merger? Yes.”
Among the recommendations from a committee tasked with studying cost cutting and potential merging of services between the agencies, on which DeNicola, a former mayor of Franklin Lakes, served, was that the sheriff's department cut costs by focusing less on traffic policing.
The sheriff’s department
maintained that the officer was unaware DeNicola was the driver until she
handed him her license, and that politics played no role in the stop.