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Hudson County Democratic chair Amy DeGise. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

DeGise praises Stamato but doesn’t endorse her

No deal in place for municipal chairwoman to keep her position

By Nikita Biryukov, May 15 2019 12:40 pm

Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise praised Jersey City Municipal Chairwoman Barbara Stamato Tuesday.

“I think Jersey City has good leadership under her. Her and I worked together on filling some of the committee seats, and we were both able to bring ourselves to the table and get the best people out there,” DeGise said. “So, I’m really confident that she cares about what she does, and she’s doing a great job.”

Forces in Hudson aligned with DeGise and her father, County Executive Tom DeGise, are poised to take majority control of Jersey City’s 362-member Democratic organization in June as part of a deal between Mayor Steve Fulop and the DeGise faction to bring the former back into the fold.

During last year’s Hudson County Warette, Fulop led a bid to dump Tom DeGise from the Hudson Democratic line.  Tom DeGise responded by getting his daughter elected county chairman.

Fulop and other Hudson mayors were then seeking to oust the county executive, though they’ve since buried the hatchet.

Despite the praise, no conversations about keeping Stamato, who has ties to Fulop, on as chairwoman have taken place, Amy DeGise said.

“I’m sure that’s something that she would like, but the committee people will decide, and I think they are happy with her too,” she said. “She holds meetings, she keeps them active, she keeps them informed, so I don’t see why not.”

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