District 31 Assembly candidate Bruce Alston announced Bayonne firefighter/emergency room technician Pat O’Brien as his running mate at a press conference in Bayonne this afternoon.Â
Oâ€™Brien, who is also an emergency room technician at the Bayonne Medical Center (where the press conference took place), briefly spoke about his background.
He also said he would focus on building and development, transportation, recreation and educational funding – which includes special needs programs – in the 31st district.
Oâ€™Brien later told Hudson County View why he decided to run in the crowded Assembly race.
During a question and answer session with the media, Alston denounced the Hudson County Democratic Organization, later stating that he and Oâ€™Brien would bring the District 31 Assembly seats back to the residents.
After also stating that â€œmoney doesnâ€™t win elections in Bayonne and Jersey City anymore,â€ Alston took some parting shots at incumbents Charles Mainor and Jason Oâ€™Donnell, who have still not formally announced if they plan on seeking re-election or not.
WAS PATRICK O’BRIEN BOUGHT OFF? Or Was He Threatened?
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Statement from Patrick O’Brienâ€‹:
“Talked to my family extensively last night. Haven’t slept in 3 days. Upon much thought and consideration I have decided that unfortunately I will not be running.
I apologize whole heartedly and wish to remain friends and there are no hard feelings. My decision I feel was made much too quickly and hastily and did not consider my family’s deepest feelings.
As you know, I am close friends with Jimmy [Davis] and spoke with him extensively this morning. After I spoke with Jimmy [Davis], however unpopular this is going to be with you guys I am endorsing Nick. I have been friends with Nick for a long time and feel he is better qualified and has the means to do the job better than me at this time. Again I am truly sorry and feel horrible.
My decision is final and however hard it is to accept I hope that you respect it.”
You make the call