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Gill will get second term as Essex freeholder president

Jones backs Gill for post despite looming race for Dem state chairman

By David Wildstein, January 09 2019 3:05 pm

The fight between John Currie and LeRoy Jones, Jr. over the Democratic state chairmanship has not spilled over into Essex County, where Jones is the county chairman — at least not yet.

Brendan Gill, a close ally of Gov. Phil Murphy, will get a second term as president of the Essex County Board of Freeholders tonight with the backing of Jones.

Gill is supporting Currie, who the governor wants re-elected as Democratic State Chairman.  Jones is expected to challenge Currie for the post. An election is still eleven or twelve months away.

Jones may be showcasing his own brand of leadership.  The former assemblyman has a reputation as a unifier who can bring different factions together, something Democrats might need as political battles between Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders.  By approving Gill, Jones could be passing on relatiatory politics.

Murphy will be in Newark tonight to swear in Gill and Wayne RIchardson, an official with the Laborer’s union who will get a second term as freeholder vice president.

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