Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise isn’t going quietly into the night, announcing support from U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, among several others, for his re-election bid.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I have known Tom DeGise for a long time, and it’s clear that he is a person of unquestionable integrity and determination. I’m proud to support Tom and will do everything I can to ensure that he is re-elected,” Sires said in a statement.
“Tom DeGise has been a true partner and friend to North Bergen and I am absolutely sure that he is the right choice to continue as County Executive. I plan to work as hard as I can along with our entire organization to ensure that Tom is re-elected,” added Sacco.
Davis chimed in that DeGise has played a role in helping “revitalize Bayonne,” continuing that “Hudson County needs a leader like Tom and I’m completely behind him.”
Also endorsing DeGise are Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, Harrison Mayor James Fife and East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith.
The battle lines are drawn 15 months ahead of what will undoubtedly be a bloody, expensive primary election in June 2019.
Earlier today, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack announced they won’t support DeGise for another term and they were quickly joined by Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and West New York Mayor Felix Roque.
A short while later, they were joined by Assembly members Raj Mukherji and Annette Chaparro, Stack’s legislative running mates.
The anti-DeGise faction is yet to announce who they will run against him, though Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2), state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) and Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado appear to be on the short list at the moment.