In the final days leading up to the vote for the next Hudson County Democratic Organization chair, candidate Amy DeGise says that her opponent, Brian Stack’s 2013 endorsement of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, would’ve violated the party’s bylaws.
Brian Stack supported Chris Christie in 2013 — if he was HCDO Chair at the time he would have had to resign! Just another reason why Stack is the wrong choice to lead our county party pic.twitter.com/azF0ZU0Nd6
— Amy De Gise (@Amy_DeGise) June 8, 2018
“The officer of the Hudson County Democratic Committee pledge to support only Democratic candidates for office. Any Officer who violates this pledge shall forfeit his office,” DeGise promoted in a video posted on social media this morning.
The video repeatedly shows Stack leading a chant of “Christie! Christie! Christie!” in Union City the day before the November 2013 general election, where he gave a full-throated endorsement of Christie.
“I’ve never had a better working relationship with any other governor than Governor Christie. Governor Christie’s the best and I’ll always be there for him,” he said during an interview conducted after the rally.
” … You know something: I’ve never been about the party … I’ve never ever been about the party,” he also said at the time when asked about crossing party lines to back Christie’s re-election.
“Hudson County deserves a progressive Democrat to lead the HCDO, not a Christiecrat who sold out our party and our values to support Chris Christie,” DeGise, a Jersey City Board of Education trustee, said in a statement.
“Brian Stack’s support for Christie was a betrayal of everything our party is about, and Stack calling Christie ‘the greatest Governor we’ve ever had’ is absolutely nauseating. This is a Governor who attacked public employees, defunded public schools and transit and lied to all of us in the Bridgegate scandal. Someone who supported Chris Christie is not the kind of leader we need for the HCDO.”
DeGise faces an uphill battle against Stack ahead of Tuesday’s 7 p.m. vote at Kearny High School, though she is riding some momentum after the West New York Democratic Committee slate Stack backed lost decisively on Tuesday.
Harrison Mayor James Fife’s team also cruised through the primary on Tuesday, though DeGise, the daughter of County Executive Tom DeGise, will need to neutralize vote in Jersey City in order to pull off the monumental upset victory.
A spokesman for Stack did not immediately return inquiries seeking comment.