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West New York Mayor Felix Roque. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

With Fulop back in, Roque’s the odd man out

By Nikita Biryukov, March 18 2019 3:43 pm

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is back in good graces with the rest of Hudson County, State Sen. Nicholas  Sacco (D-North Bergen) said Monday.

“I think he’s working with everybody. I know he met with Amy DeGise, and they seem to have worked out their differences,” Sacco said. “And I think it’s a good thing for Hudson County to be united again. It wasn’t good to be split.”

Fulop fell out of favor following the conclusion of last year’s Hudson warette, which saw State Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian Stack pitted against DeGise, who is now Hudson County Democratic chairwoman.

The two sides buried the hatchet shortly after Stack’s loss, but Fulop, who sided with Stack but was largely absent during the campaign for county chair, emerged from the infighting with few friends.

But recently, Fulop has reentered the fold. He spoke at the launch of Sacco’s mayoral reelection campaign last week, an event that brought out most of the county’s heavy hitters.

Notably absent from the launch was West New York Mayor Felix Roque, who’s facing a county-backed challenge from Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez. Commissioners Cosmo Cirillo and Margarita Guzman are running with Rodriguez on the “New Beginnings West New York” slate, while Commissioner Sue Colacurcio is sticking with Roque.

The New Beginnings candidates were all aligned with Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise in last year’s warette, while Roque sided with Stack. That decision earned Roque the ire of Rep. Albio Sires.

The feud between the two escalated, with Roque eventually calling for Sires to retire, and after the hatchets were buried, Roque was left the odd man out.

“He just did what he did, and it’s hard to figure him out,” Sacco said. “I feel badly about what happened there, but he kind of did it to himself.”

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