State Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack’s incredible get out the vote operation largely fell flat in West New York today, as the Column A team backed by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) dominated at the polls.
“I want to thank each and every one of you, you are an awesome group. This is one of the most gratifying moments I’ve had in my political history of 30 years,” Sires said.
” … This is only phase 1: phase 2 is to get rid of Roque.”
The Column A team, which also had the backing of Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo, Gabriel Rodriguez, Margarita Guzman, Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez, as well as Assembly members Angelica Jimenez and Pedro Mejia (both D-32), was ready for a bloody war given Stack supporting Mayor Felix Roque’s team.
However, Sires’ team, which also benefitted from having U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at the top of the ticket, nearly beat the Stack-Roque alliance by a 4-to-1 margin.
Although Sires said at the time that they had secured 46 out of the possible 58 committee seats (their slate only ran 50 people), late provisional allies showed they had actually won at least 48 seats.
Further adding to the bad news for Stack, who is seeking the chairmanship of the Hudson County Democratic Organization next week, is that Harrison Mayor James Fife’s ticket pulled off a clean sweep, according to County Executive Tom DeGise.
“I’ll start by saying I love West New York, especially tonight – and let that be a lesson. I know that there are other hills that will need to be conquered, but what you can accomplish when you stick together is amazing,” DeGise exclaimed.
“And the job, from my point of view, isn’t quite done yet. We hit ’em with a left hook when we won Bayonne, we hit ’em with a right uppercut when we won West New York today and the next Tuesday: we’re going for the knockout.”
The county executive’s daughter, Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Amy DeGise, challenges Stack next week and was obviously encouraged by tonight’s results.
“Tonight, Democrats in West New York and Harrison delivered a strong statement the we will not allow our party to be taken over by the Stack machine and that we want progressive, inclusive leadership that puts everyone’s interests first, not just one city’s,” she said in a statement.
“I’m so excited about these tremendous victories and look forward to another win in one week when the Hudson County Democratic Organization votes for its next Chair. Congratulations to Congressman Sires, Mayor Fife and all of the great Democrats who made these victories possible.”
The full Column A victory speeches, which were streamed live on our Facebook page, can be viewed below: