Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise sat down last week to discuss 2018 and beyond.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In the midst of the end-of-year holiday season, the group of top-tier Hudson County power brokers sat down to discuss what the short-term future holds for the local Democratic party.
One thing that seems to be just about set in stone is that Stack will be the next chair of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, slated to succeed outgoing Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), multiple sources confirmed with Hudson County View.
Prieto is in the midst of his third term as the party chair, which lasts through June.
Stack’s ascension to the top of the HCDO, an organization that has placed him on the outs on multiple occasions, came with a little help from gubernatorial-elect Phil Murphy’s camp, sources said.
The Murphy team was wowed by Stack’s other-worldly get out the vote operation in 2017: scoring over 20,000 votes in a June primary for state Senate where he ran unopposed, punctuated by slaughtering a Republican adversary by a 7-to-1 margin last month (Stack brought out a staggering 36,594 votes).
Stack, never shy to take advantage of his political capital, also asked to have Mark Albiez, a former Senate aide and close confidant, to replace John Minella as the HCDO executive director.
Albiez, who currently serves as Fulop’s chief of staff, is rumored to be leaving Jersey City City Hall in 2018, but those potential plans remain up in the air.
Stack wasn’t done wheeling and dealing just yet: he also asked to name the next undersheriff in the county, sources with knowledge of the meeting revealed.
As Hudson County View exclusively reported last month, Undersheriff Bruce Lamparello submitted his retirement papers, effective November 24th.
While negotiations regarding Lamparello’s replacement are ongoing, expect Stack to recommend a high-ranking member of the Union City Police Department in short order.
Although the meeting was Stack-centric, some other developments were made as well.
Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, a close ally of Sacco, is expected to once again get the party line when he’s up for re-election in 2019.
Speaking of 2019, don’t expect anyone to challenge DeGise, another top Sacco associate, down the line.
Despite names like Stack, state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) and Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) regularly circulating as potential DeGise challengers, that seems extremely unlikely, at least for now, since they would have to do so off the line.
Hudson County View first made mention of Stack and Albiez potentially taking over the top leadership roles of the HCDO during our live show on Friday.