Gov. Phil Murphy has endorsed State Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-Union City) for re-election in the 33rd district and praised outgoing State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen), who announced today that he would not seek re-election and back Stack atter redistricting pitted the two Hudson County giants into a possible Democratic primary against each other.
“In the Senate, Brian led the fight to pass sweeping eviction prevention measures and emergency rental assistance for families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic – legislation I was proud to sign last August in Union City,” Murphy said. “As Mayor, Brian has distinguished himself as one of the most responsive and effective public servants in the nation – providing comprehensive constituent services, distributing turkeys and gifts to families in need during the holidays, and tackling quality-of-life issues ranging from garbage pickup to potholes. This is why the people of Union City have re-elected him time and again with overwhelming support.”
Murphy had declined to take sides in the race on Wednesday, waiting for Sacco to announce his own retirement.
“Nick Sacco has served the people of Hudson County with distinction for decades, including for the past 28 years as State Senator,” Murphy said. “During his time in the Legislature, Senator Sacco helped pass legislation to expand the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Program, fostering economic development in urban areas and bringing much needed investment to communities like North Bergen. He also supported legislation to expand the use of DNA testing in criminal cases, giving law enforcement a critical tool to help solve crimes.”