There’s no party like a Brian Stack party.
The Union City mayor and state senator held one of his rallies — events that in actuality are some combination of street fair, concert and carnival — in Saturday’s sweltering heat, ginning up support for his Assembly district mates Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) and Annette Chaparro (D-Hoboken) for an uncontested primary.
Residents, most of them in white T-shirts bearing the names of Gov. Phil Murphy, Stack and his running mates, flocked to a stage erected on New York Avenue. Others huddled in the shade of trees lining the sidewalk, while still others enjoyed the party from the comfort of second and third-floor windows of buildings flanking the cordoned-off area.
The event drew a visit from Murphy despite there being no primary in the 33rd district. The governor took the chance to slap the Republicans seeking his seat.
“We’ve got to vote for the truth, the science, the facts, the data, while the other guys want to sell us a pack of lies and make up a bunch of stuff,” Murphy said without naming specific falsehoods. “I’m focused on the truth. Brian is focused on the truth. Truth is on the ballot.”
Despite the lack of competition, there’s value for Murphy in keeping voters in Union City and outlying Hudson County municipalities energized. Put simply, he’ll need votes out of the county’s Democratic strongholds to win re-election.
Bouncy castles like the one erected at Saturday’s rally could actually be a factor in deciding who the state’s governor is next year.