Sacco: Tom DeGise losing would ‘probably be the biggest crime in Hudson County history’


State Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco boldly exclaimed that “to lose a Tom DeGise would probably be the biggest crime in Hudson County history” during a fundraiser for Sheriff Frank Schillari Wednesday night. 


While the event, hosted at The Venetian in Garfield, was for the June 2019 re-election of Schillari – who is already in the crosshairs of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop – the talk of the evening largely centered around the Hudson County civil war.

Fulop and state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack, the latter a longtime nemesis of Sacco, are in agreement that they won’t be supporting DeGise’s re-election in 2019.

According to Sacco, a scenario where DeGise, whose served as the county executive until 2002, doesn’t successfully get elected to another term, pales in comparison to anything that happened in Hudson County during the notoriously corrupt Frank Hauge era.

We are facing a county war: we know that and we’ve already seen the battle lines drawn. And to lose a Tom DeGise would probably be the biggest crime in Hudson County history,” he exclaimed.

“And I don’t think that’s going to happen because too many people appreciate what he’s done. To lose Frank Schillari is another crime because he took this position and made it as integretable as it could’ve been and helped every mayor in the county.”

While Sacco was clearly exaggerating, his remarks aren’t without some irony: DeGise took over the county executive’s office after Bob Janiszewski resigned over corruption charges in September 2001.

At a fundraiser earlier this month, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said that DeGise has “restored integrity to the county executive’s office.”

North Bergen political operative Joey Muniz served as the emcee for the evening.

Dignitaries in attendance included DeGise, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-32), Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri (D-8), Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), East Newark Mayor Joe Smith, North Bergen Democratic Committee Chair John Belluardo, West New York Commissioner Margarita Guzman, former Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, among many others.


  1. Tommy D has increased the disproportionally high taxes on Hoboken property owners year after while returning less and less every year. Why would anyone in Hoboken vote for this hack again ?

    Boss Sacco who really knows about Hudson County political crimes is still looking increase his fiefdom even after going all in for his boy DeFu$co and losing big time.

    • Okay Cave Witch- still getting paid by Ravi ? High Tech is run very well by Sacco, if you like that school you should like Sacco… especially since Bhalla/Stack are said to try and to cut funding.
      Nice walk from Hoboken to North Bergen….

      PS- if you wanna know who takes the most and gives the least in taxes and revenue it’s your boy Stack who runs Union City like a 3rd world central American Dictator.

      • Wrong again. Your reply only reinforces your sick obsession.

        I expect Hoboken Councilman DeFusco to be backing his political sugar daddy Boss Sacco even if it is at the expense of the people of Hoboken.

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