Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise and Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis are congratulating new Assemblyman William Sampson IV (D-31) on being sworn in yesterday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’m so excited to see this new group of legislators being sworn in. As an active union member, Assemblyman Sampson is dedicated to fighting for the working class and delivering more jobs and opportunities for Hudson residents,” DeGise said in a statement.
“I look forward to this new session and to working with Assemblyman Sampson and our entire delegation to keep moving Hudson County forward.”
The Peninsula City’s first Black legislator is a leader in the International Longshoremen’s Union, which he says are characteristics that are “critical” to seeing all residents represented.
“Assemblyman Sampson’s election marks an important step forward in Bayonne. He is the first Black Assemblymember from Bayonne, as well as the first labor leader to be elected to represent our city in the State Legislature in many years. This kind of representation is critical to ensuring that we are able to serve all of our residents,” he said.
“Assemblyman Sampson was born and raised here in Bayonne, and through his leadership as the political liaison for his union, he already has the experience to hit the ground running now that he’s been sworn in. I look forward to working with him over the course of his first term.”
Davis decided not to back three-term Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti back in February in favor of Sampson, who ran on the HCDO line unopposed after the incumbent teased, but eventually thought better of, an off the line run.