Walker, Torres join veteran Hudson politicos in receiving HCDO endorsement


Team Walker CEO Jerry Walker and Jersey City Board of Education President Joel Torres joined veteran Hudson County politicos in receiving the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s endorsement for the June 6 primary election.

“This year’s an exceptional year for us because we have a gubernatorial candidate and for me especially, as the Speaker of the Assembly, I’m looking for somebody in the executive branch we can work with,” said Vincent Prieto, also the chairman of the HCDO.

“Somebody that’s gonna be a friend of Hudson County and have the values of Hudson County and really be helpful to us and make our quality of life, of our residents, better. And that is the candidate that we endorsed for governor, is Phil Murphy.”

As Hudson County View previously reported, Trenton representatives for the 31st Legislative District remained unchanged: state Senator Sandra Cunningham, as well as Assembly members Nick Chiaravalloti and Angle McKnight will run on the party line.

Meanwhile, Walker will be replacing District 3 Freeholder Gerry Balmir, who decided in January not to seek re-election and Torres will step in for District 4 Freeholder E. Junior Maldonado – who will forego re-election in favor of a run for county clerk.

Prieto, Cunningham, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and County Executive Tom DeGise all wished outgoing County Clerk Barbara Netchert well in here retirement.

The overwhelming majority of the HCDO gathered inside the Brennan Courthouse late this afternoon for a brief press conference about the June 6 Democratic primary, but outside of Walker, Torres and Maldonado, there are no anticipated changes on the county or state level.

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