Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco is taking a leave of absence later this month through May of next year in order to run Mayor Jimmy Davis’ re-election campaign.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Joe DeMarco has been an instrumental part of my administration since the beginning and his hard work and dedication to moving Bayonne forward has been essential to the renaissance we’re now seeing in our city,” Davis said in a statement.
“With this decision Joe will be able to devote his full time and attention to running the campaign, avoiding any potential conflicts and keeping politics and government separate, as they should be.”
DeMarco will temporarily step down from his position as of December 18 and City Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy will fill the void until the election on May 8, according to a spokesman for the Davis campaign.
DeMarco managed Davis’ successful 2014 campaign and was also involved with West New York Mayor Felix Roque’s 2011 campaign where he unseated Sal Vega.
Additional members of Davis’ campaign team will be announced in the coming weeks.
Davis kicked off his re-election campaign last month in front of a packed room with hundreds of supporters and Democratic leaders from throughout Hudson County.
He faces a spirited challenger in the form of ex-Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, who came out swinging at DeMarco and Davis at his campaign kickoff, which occurred one day before Davis’ event.