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Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Jimenez endorses Cirillo but stays mum on her own plans

Assemblywoman will likely lose seat in legislature as part of broader reshuffle

By Joey Fox, December 05 2022 5:17 pm

What does the future hold in store for Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-West New York)? Facing the likely loss of her seat in the legislature, it’s speculated that the six-term Hudson County assemblywoman may turn to local politics, running for West New York town commissioner next year on a ticket with mayoral candidate Cosmo Cirillo.

Jimenez wouldn’t say exactly what her plans are when asked today by the New Jersey Globe. But she did enthusiastically endorse Cirillo for mayor, offering effusive praise for the town commissioner who once served as her chief of staff.

“I’m really happy that he decided to make this move,” Jimenez said. “I’m sure that he will work very hard, and the team that he picks will work really hard to get themselves elected… With the right team, they will do great things for the town.”

Jimenez herself is likely to become a member of that team, but she said today that she’s concentrating for now on her work in the legislature.

“Would [running for commissioner] be something I’d consider? Absolutely,” she said. “But I’m focused on my job here in Trenton.”

Cirillo isn’t alone in seeking the West New York mayoralty. Outgoing U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York), who previously served as mayor from 1995 to 2006, is also interested in returning to his old job, as is former Mayor Felix Roque.

Incumbent Mayor Gabe Rodriguez, on the other hand, is expected to be awarded the county line for Jimenez’s Assembly seat. He would most likely run on a legislative slate with State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) and North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco, who is the leading candidate to replace Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus).

That would mean most residents of the new 33rd district would be represented by a completely new legislative delegation come 2024, since State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen), who currently represents most of the district, is stepping aside after being put in the same district as Stack. 

In classic Hudson County fashion, however, the district’s residents probably won’t get much of a direct say in the matter, since the Hudson Democratic Party – one of the strongest county parties in the state – will have determined who it wants in the legislature long before primary day.

Jimenez expressed her frustration with the many behind-the-scenes maneuverings, and with Sires in particular, but she said that she still had faith in the democratic process.

“We know that [Sires] wants to replace me in Trenton,” Jimenez said. “If he wants to come back for mayor, so be it. It’s the people who will make the decision.”

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