Allies of Tom DeGise and Amy DeGise are poised to take control of the 362-member Jersey City Democratic organization in the June primary election – a move that could result in the replacement of the municipal chair allied with Mayor Steven Fulop.
Fulop had to agree to give up some county committee seats to the DeGise faction as part of a peace accord that allowed the Jersey City mayor to return to the organization one year after seeking to pull party support from DeGise in his bid for re-election as Hudson County executive, according to several sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The added seats provide the DeGise faction with some security, especially when Amy DeGise seeks re-election to a second term as Hudson County Democratic chair next year.
As the April filing deadline approached, some Fulop seats did not have candidates – allowing the DeGise faction to add even more seats that they had previously agreed to. Barring a massive write-in campaign, the DeGises will emerge with control over a majority of seats on the county committee.
While it is possible that Democratic municipal chair Barbara McCann Stamato will get another term, sources say that there is no agreement to keep her in place.
One possible replacement, several sources say, is former Assemblyman Sean Connors. Connors played a key role in helping DeGise secure the county chairmanship.
Fulop had controlled most of the county committee but was only able to deliver about 160 votes to his candidate for county chairman in last year’s party leadership election. Amy DeGise won by a 452 to 360 vote that included an estimated 135 votes out of Jersey City.
Jersey City represents about 41% of the 900-member Hudson County Democratic Organization.