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North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Sacco holding off on presidential endorsement

By Nikita Biryukov, January 31 2020 3:34 pm

State Sen. Nicholas Sacco is holding off endorsing a presidential candidate.

“At this point, no,” Sacco, who is mayor of North Bergen, said when asked if he had a new preferred candidate following U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s Withdrawal from the race. “We’re waiting in Hudson County.”

Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise on Friday told the New Jersey Globe the county’s Democrats are considering running a separate organizational line for the president.

They’re also considering holding an open primary, a prospect DeGise ruled out earlier this month that has since reemerged as a possibility.

No decisions are being made yet, and the HCDO is in talks with the county clerk over concerns that a dual organizational line could make the ballot confusing for primary voters.

Sacco said the development would benefit the county’s Democratic voters, adding that it was unclear whether an organizational endorsement would have much effect on a presidential primary.

“The higher you go in an election, the less impact a local party has,” Sacco said. “A president is kind of everybody’s favorite … So sometimes that’s safe and better thing to do, a more Democratic thing to do.”

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