Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise has announced that she will seek an at-large seat on the Jersey City Council, running on a slate with Mayor Steven Fulop.
The move unites two political forces that were on opposite sides in the 2018 Hudson County Democratic warette, significantly narrowing any path for attorney Bob Menendez, Jr. to beat Fulop in the November non-partisan election. DeGise and Menendez, Jr. are friends and had been political allies.
“Amy DeGise has established herself both here in Jersey City and throughout the state as a dynamic leader who cares deeply about issues that impact middle class families day in and day out,” Fulop said. “As a lifelong resident of Jersey City who has seen the progress our community has made up close, an educator and a leader in our Democratic party, Amy brings a valuable perspective that will make her an asset both in the campaign and on the City Council. I look forward to working closely with her to continue moving our city forward.”
DeGise will replace incumbent Rolando Lavarro on the at-large slate.
Lavarro has not ruled out challenging Fulop or seeking re-election on his own.
The other at-large councilmembers, Daniel Rivera and Joyce Watterman, will again run with Fulop. So will incumbents be holding ward seats: Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Richard Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson.
That leaves one more seat on the Fulop seat to fill: his old downtown seat where incumbent James Solomon is expected to run again.
In 2018, Fulop sought to oust DeGise’s father as the Hudson County Executive. That contest resulted in a fight for county chair that she won.
“Jersey City will always be my home and nothing means more to me than making sure it stays on the right path and continues to be a place we can all be proud of,” DeGise said. “I know that Mayor Fulop shares that commitment and it’s easy to see the progress that has been made under his leadership, from making our neighborhoods safer to building more affordable housing to modernizing local government and offering better services to residents while keeping property taxes stable. I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity to continue serving the city I love, and I will work hard to earn every vote in this election.”
The New Jersey Globe first reported in DeGise’s possible city council candidacy in August 2020.