The Hudson County Democratic Organization predictably elected Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) as their party chair, his third term in a row, and now the organization ponders what the future holds for Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
“He (Prieto) unified the party: we’re all together, we’re all on one page and we’re all working together. I think he’s made Hudson County a force,” North Bergen Mayor/state Senator (D-32) Nick Sacco said about Prieto’s tenure at HCDO chair.
After stating that “we need to move forward, in unison, towards the governorship” in 2017, referring to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop as the HCDO’s “favored son,” Sacco then recognized it was likely Fulop would run.
“That’s up to him, but right now, he certainly shows signs of it,” he said with a big smile.
Prieto, who was thankful for being re-elected HCDO Chairman for the third time – also excited about making another run as Assembly Speaker – took a reserved, but clear, stance on Fulop for Governor in 2017.
“He hasn’t declared, we haven’t had that conversation, but obviously, he is a bright, young mayor that has a bright, bright future – as I said when we won [the Democratic Assembly nominations] in the 31st [District].”
“And I think the sky’s the limit for him. So, he actually has been doing a phenomenal job. As you see, Jersey City – we’re standing here today – it’s an economic engine for this area.”
Inside the auditorium of FL Williams Public Schools No. 7 in Jersey City, the HCDO elected the following at their annual reorganization meeting (which included no major changes):
Chairman: Vincent Prieto
Vice Chairwoman: Diane Coleman
Treasurer: Barbara Stomata
Executive Director: John Minella
Alexander Habib: Recording Secretary