Craig Guy raised over $300,000 last night for campaign to become the next Hudson County Executive at an event attended by Gov. Phil Murphy and over 1,000 others.
The incumbent, Tom DeGise, has announced that he won’t seek re-election to seventh term in 2023. He’s supporting Guy, his longtime chief of staff, as his successor.
“It was very humbling,” Guy told the New Jersey Globe. “There were people there from relationships I’ve made over the last 25 years.”
Guy appears to have a lock on the Hudson County Democratic organization line. He has secured endorsements of every mayor in the county, as well as Anthony Vainieri, Jr., the Democratic county chairman and a county commissioner. U.S. Senator Bob Menendez called in from Washington.
Senate President Nicholas Scutari, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe were among the attendees, along with a large contingent of labor leaders, local elected officials and community groups.
Guy is expected to face a contested primary next June, but no challenger has emerged so far.
If he wins, Guy will become just the fourth elected county executive since Hudson County changed its form of government in 1975. DeGise, a former Jersey City council president, won a special election in 2002 — he defeated the interim incumbent who was appointed after Robert Janiszewski’s resignation in the primary – and has been re-elected five times.