Craig Guy won the Hudson County executive primary race in a blowout, by at least a 3-1 margin according to preliminary tallies, a fairly expected outcome given that he raised and spent more money than some congressional candidates.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Guy, a retired Jersey City police lieutenant who currently works as outgoing County Executive Tom DeGise’s chief of staff, raised $1,007,659.13 this election cycle and spent $761,488.22, according to his May 26th report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).
He had the backing of various labor groups and elected leaders throughout the state, including Gov. Phil Murphy (D), U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), state Senate President Nick Scutari (D-22), and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19).
Guy also had financial support from several super PACs, such as the Fund for Quality Leadership Fund, Coalition for Progress – both of which are tied to Jersey City Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Steven Fulop – and the Turnout Project.
The latter spent $136,268.13 on canvassers and direct mail last week, as only HCV reported.
While progressive activist Eleana Little came within striking distance of winning a freeholder seat in 2020, the odds were too long this time around against Guy in a textbook David vs. Goliath matchup even with the backing of Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon.
She raised $23,615.39 and spent $15,108.61 overall, according to her May 30th ELEC report.
Although Guy is technically the Democratic nominee, there was no Republican or independent challenger for the November 7th general election, so he has effectively done what was necessary to succeed his boss and get sworn in next year barring an extraordinary write in campaign.