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Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis. (Photo: Jimmy Davis).

In Bayonne, where 17% of electorate are Republicans, GOP goes with Davis

By David Wildstein, May 03 2022 1:07 pm

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, a Democrat, is getting support from Republicans in his bid for re-election to a third term in next week’s non-partisan municipal election.

Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango and Bayonne Republican Municipal Chairman Vincent Cuseglio have endorsed Davis in advance of Tuesday’s election in a city where about 1,800 Republicans cast their ballots in the 2018 mayoral race – roughly 17% of the total electorate.

“Jimmy Davis and I may be from different political parties and we don’t agree on everything, but his record of stabilizing property taxes, investing in public safety and pausing new development to protect residential neighborhoods makes it clear that he’s the right choice for Bayonne,” said Arango, a former assemblyman and the chairman of the state association of Republican county chairs.

Democrats have a 4-1 voter registration edge in Bayonne, but there are still about 6,000 registered Republicans in the city and support from Arango and Cuseglio could be critical in a close race with Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, the city council president.

The Republican block in Bayonne is significant.  Jack Ciattarelli received 44% of the vote there in his 2021 challenge to Gov. Phil Murphy, and the GOP candidate for State Senate, Neil Schulman, received 43%.

Cuseglio is the father of Ashe-Nadrowski’s co-campaign manager, Raine Cuseglio, a former top advisor to Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise.  DeGise has also endorsed Davis.

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