Jersey City Freeholder O’Dea: ‘We need Albio Sires fighting for us in Washington’


Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2), the vice chair on the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is throwing his support behind U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) in his hotly contested congressional primary.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I know that whenever one of my constituents needs assistance with a federal government issue I can call Albio Sires and he will make sure it’s taken care of, and that kind of attentiveness to the needs of Hudson County residents is why Albio has always been such an effective public servant,” O’Dea said in a joint statement.

“We need Albio Sires fighting for us in Washington and bringing back the resources that Jersey City and Hudson County need, and he has my full support in this election.”

Unsurprisingly, Sires has been endorsed by the state’s top Democrats and the Hudson County Democratic Organization, along with the support of about a dozen unions.

“Jersey City knows that Bill O’Dea is never afraid to speak his mind and he always works to make county government accountable to Hudson County residents, and I’m honored to have his support,” Sires added.

“Although we represent different areas of Jersey City, we share the same commitment to the future of this great community and I look forward to continuing to work with Freeholder O’Dea on important priorities we share.”

In next week’s primary, which will be contested mainly via vote-by-mail ballots, Sires faces challengers in Hector Oseguera and Will Sheehan, and while the incumbent is still heavily favored, some have opened the door to the possibility of him losing.

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