A super PAC that has been dormant for the past few years has re-emerged in recent weeks, spending $50,000 to bolster Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise’s Jersey City council-at-large run.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Hudson Votes Project, which lists the Newport UPS Store at 123 Town Square Place No. 165 as their Jersey City address, reported raising $40,000 on October 25th, according to their October 27th report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
$10,000 came from Fusion Diagnostic Laboratories, of Cedar Knolls, with William Guarini, of Guarini Plumbing and Heating, contributing $5,000, and another $5,000 from TBA of NJ LLC. Their address is listed as 115 Broadway, Suite 1504, New York, New York.
The largest donation, $20,000, came from Secaucus law firm Waters, McPherson, McNeill, PC. They served on Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) housing transition team in 2018.
On October 27th, Mast Construction Services, Inc., of Little Falls, also chipped in $20,000, according to a separate ELEC filing on October 29th.
They have a long history of county projects including the Hudson County Correctional Facility, the William J. Brennan Courthouse, the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, Hudson County Plaza, High Tech High School, as well as the culinary institute and library at Hudson County Community College.
They paid Washington, D.C.-based Donahue Partners, Inc. $50,000 for handouts, flyers, palm cards, canvass operations and a field program.
The chair of the committee, Michael Arnold, did not have any contact info listed on the reports and treasurer Edgar Santillan declined to answer questions over the phone around noon today, requesting an email address for a PAC spokesman to send a statement to.
An email was not received as of 4 p.m. this afternoon.
The non-partisan Jersey City municipal elections are on November 2nd and early voting is available through tomorrow evening.