Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-South Orange) is staying out of a low-stakes intraparty battle between two powerful New Jersey Democrats.
Former Gov. Richard Codey and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo – a pair of Democrats who despise one another – are competing for control of Roseland’s county committee seats, a prize of little value that would allow Codey, a state senator since 1981, to wrest control of the Democratic municipal chairmanship from DiVincenzo ally Julius “Jay” Coltre.
The town of roughly 6,000 falls within Jasey’s 27th legislative district — the one she shares with Codey — but she said on Monday that she had not taken a position on the feud and would probably avoid weighing in.
Republicans control Roseland’s local government, and Coltre has been making it clear that his slate of twelve candidates is running on Line A, along with DiVincenzo, Sheriff Armando Fontoura, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill.
Codey is fielding candidates for nine of the 12 county committee seats, with his son as one of the candidates. He’ll need to take seven to wrest control of the chairmanship, while DiVincenzo would only need to win three on top of the three where their candidates are unopposed and have Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones cast a tie-breaking vote.