Although the June 6 Democratic primary has just one contested race in the 33rd Legislative District, that didn’t stop state Senator/Union City Mayor Brian Stack (D-33) from flooding constituents with a mailer advising them who to vote for.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The mailer, which began going out last week, outlines the candidates on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line on column E.
Those six candidates are Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Phil Murphy, Stack, whose seeking re-election in the state Senate, Assembly members Raj Mukherji and Annette Chaparro, current Freeholder and Hudson County Clerk candidate E. Junior Maldonado and his potential replacement on the board, Joel Torres – the current Jersey City Board of Education President.
None of those candidates should come as any surprise, particularly Murphy, given that Stack referred to him “as my good friend and the next governor of New Jersey” at an event for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer headlined by the former U.S. ambassador to Germany last month.
Murphy reciprocated the kind words for the North Hudson power broker, thanking Stack “for your friendship, your leadership,” also noting that “I know Hoboken’s personal for you, as it is for me as well.”
Out of those aforementioned local candidates, the only one facing a Democratic challenger this summer is Torres, who is going head-to-head with Imtiaz Syed in District 4, a Jersey City developer and former city council candidate.
Meanwhile, Murphy faces off with several opponents including state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), Assemblyman John Wisniewksi (D-19) and former U.S. Treasury official Jim Johnson, but as of today, he remains an overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination.