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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (sixth from left) announced the completion of a project to repave all pedestrian walkways and parking areas in Essex County Belleville Park on Tuesday, October 23rd. In addition, park benches and trash receptacles were added, curbing was repaired and trees pruned. Cutting a ceremonial ribbon with the County Executive are (from left) Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, Assistant Engineer Giraldo Vale, Sandra Carretero from Sita Construction, Public Works Director and County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese, Belleville resident Eleanor Guarino, Assistant Engineer Rasheed Yusuf, NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz, Parks Director Dan Salvante and Deputy Parks Director Kate Hartwyk. The upgrades are part of the County Executive's ongoing initiative to enhance park facilities so that they continue to meet the needs of the community. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ESSEX COUNTY)

DiVincenzo, most hands-on guy in New Jersey, might break his own record

Essex County Executive positioned to break his own electoral records

By David Wildstein, October 24 2018 12:28 pm

Joe DiVincenzo says it all the time: “Good government is good politics.”

And announcements like the one today in Belleville, where he touted the completion of a project to repave all pedestrian walkways and parking areas in Essex County’s Belleville Park, happen once or twice a week for the hands-on Essex County Executive who has mastered the art of quality-of-life projects.

As part of the park updates, the county added benches and trash receptacles, repaired curbs, and pruned trees.

“Pedestrian walkways are a vital part of any park as they allow visitors and residents to comfortably enjoy the park facilities for leisure and exercise,” said DiVincenzo. “These improvements to the park will ensure that the needs of the community are met.”

No joke: there is an extraordinarily strong chance that DiVincenzo personally inspected the paving, the benches and trash receptacles, the curbs and the trees before today’s public announcement.  He might be the most detailed man in New Jersey, and the New Jersey Globe has not forgotten about Brian Stack.

Evidence of DiVincenzo’s good politics theory should come on November 6, when he seeks a fifth term as county executive.  He’s a shoo-in to win against Republican John Chiaia, a North Caldwell councilman.   The only real drama is the size of DiVincenzo’s win.

In 2014, a Republican year nationally, DiVincenzo won with 77% of the vote — a margin of 66,891.   That was the year after he endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie and was still getting some backlash from progressive Democrats.

His best plurality — 88,762 — came in 2006 when he won his second term.   In 2010, he won by 80,572.

Anyone who knows DiVincenzo understands that he has the pluralities in each of his countywide elections memorized, town-by-town.   There is no doubt that DiVincenzo wants to break his own record for the largest margin and percentage of any Essex County Executive.  He broke the record for the most terms eight years ago.

With a growing Democratic voter registration edge in Essex County — every Republican could turn out and every Democrat could stay home and DiVincenzo would still win — and a favorable national political environment, DiVincenzo is positioned to win the biggest landslide of his own political career.

The beneficiary of DiVincenzo’s likely desire to break 80% would be U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill, who need huge voter turnout out of Essex County.

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