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Donald Trump and Jose Arango in the 1980s.

Arango re-elected in Hudson

By David Wildstein, June 29 2021 8:06 pm

Jose Arango was re-elected Hudson County Republican Chairman with 98% of the vote against former Republican State Committeeman Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein on Tuesday, beating the embattled Hoboken Republican by a vote of 119-2.

Einstein was dropped from the ticket after admitting to emotionally abusing women that he referred to as “birds.”

“I convinced this one really dumb bird I was totally emotionally abusing that it was her idea to sex in the courtyard, roof, and gym bathroom of my old building,” he  said in the 2018 exchange. “It was my idea. And yes, I was a horrid person.  I had her thinking we were dating.”

Jose Branco, a former Democrat, defeated Einstein in his bid for re-election to his own county committee seat on June 2 and then ousted him as the Hoboken GOP municipal chairman.

Arango was one of four Republicans to win State Assembly seats from Hudson County in the 1985 Kean re-election landslide. He was elected at age 28, ousting incumbent Robert Ranieri (D-Hoboken) and his running mate, Mario Hernandez.

He lost his bid for re-election to a second term in 1987, losing to Union City Mayor Bob Menendez by 5,808 votes.

Arango currently served as the Economic Development director for Jersey City.

He serves as the chair of the chairs – the leader of a group of 21 Republican county chairs.

Arango had served as chair of the chairs for four years before the post went to Cape May County Republican Chairman Marcus Karavan in 2018.

Karavan stepped down as county chairman in 2020 than face a fight with his predecessor, former Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue, and the job went back to Arango.


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