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Congressional contender Gary Berntsen, who sat for a screening interview with Republican officials earlier this month, has finally registered to vote locally.


Berntsen, a former CIA official, author, and anti-terrorism TV expert, registered by mail Jan. 19, using Port Jefferson as his home address. Before signing up to vote locally, he had been registered in Forest Hills, though he was raised in Smithtown.

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He becomes the last of the current crop of GOP arrivals looking to challenge Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-Southampton). Christopher Nixon Cox, grandson of late president President Richard Nixon and son of state GOP chairman Edward Cox, registered earlier this month using the Westhampton Beach address his father’s family has used as a summer home for 130 years.

Cox also touts his grandfater on his father’s side was once a deputy sheriff.