Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia won’t seek re-election in LD-33

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Despite hosting a fundraiser earlier this month, and collecting signatures for petitions of nomination as recently as Sunday, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia will not seek re-election in District 33. 

Carmelo Garcia

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Garcia, who ran on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line with state Sen. Brian Stack (D-33) and Raj Mukherji in 2013, was officially ousted by the party at a March 6 press conference – where Hoboken City Hall employee Annette Chaparro received the line instead.

Responding to a text message from Hudson County View asking why he did not submit his petitions for nomination to Trenton’s Board of Elections, Garcia said that he “decided to focus on the local city council races” instead.

While Garcia did not state outright that he would be seeking local office next, he lives in Hoboken’s sixth ward – a council seat that will be up for grabs in November.

The race would potentially pit him in a grudge match against Sixth Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino, an ally of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer – Garcia’s most hated nemesis in the Mile Square City.