Jersey City Democratic Municipal Chair Barbara McCann Stamato was re-elected on Monday night without opposition, even though allies of Tom DeGise and Amy DeGise took a majority of the 362-member Jersey City Democratic organization in last week’s primary election.
Stamato is a political ally of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
In 2018, Stamato was on the losing side of Amy DeGise’s campaign for Hudson County Democratic chair. DeGise has assumed the role of peacekeeper and has even accepted Fulop back into the fold – at least for now.
Former Assemblyman Sean Connors, a DeGise loyalist, was installed as vice chairman. Other Democrats aligned with DeGise received additional officer positions.
Stamato, the sister of former mayor Gerald McCann, was elected in 2017 after Fulop found himself feuding with the incumbent, Shawn “Sully” Thomas-Sullivan, a onetime friend.
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.
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, even though Union City turned out almost as many votes in the 2019 primary election.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Connors replaced Peter Busacca as vice chairman. Busacca was re-elected and Connors was added as an additional vice chairman.