Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise on Friday revealed a much kinder regard of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop than many other Democrats in the county have expressed following her election to the post in June.
“I hope that we can continue building the bridge together and working together because we both want the best for Jersey City and Hudson county, and I think sometimes we have to separate personal from political and understand that we’re just trying to bring progress,” DeGise said. “We don’t have to invite each other over dinner. We don’t have to go to each other’s birthday parties. We have to work with each other and be respectful of each other.”
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, the chairwoman’s father, has been on of Fulop’s most vocal detractors of late, and many of the mayor’s former allies, including Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack, have realigned with the Elder DeGise following the chairwoman’s election.
Fulop has largely been left out in the cold in that sense, as he was the only player in the fight for the county chairmanship left out of a private meeting between county power players that sought to bury the hatchet.
Having Amy DeGise support him – or even having her not pushing to oust him – could give Fulop a fair bit of room to breathe as he mulls a move to once more find the good graces of Hudson’s political elite.