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Jerry Walker is the Admiral Stockdale of Hudson County politics

New freeholder doesnt know who he endorsed for County Executive

By David Wildstein, March 08 2018 7:44 pm

Jerry Walker thinks that Tom DeGise should be re-elected — and that he shouldn’t.

“I’m trying to figure out what’s going on,” the Seton Hall basketball legend-turned-Hudson County Freeholder told the New Jersey Globe today.  “I’m with the organization.”

Walker’s name appeared on two press releases: one that included him on a list of Jersey City Democrats endorsing DeGise’s re-election in 2019, and one that called for DeGise to be replaced.

“Today, we stand with State Senator Brian P. Stack, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Mayor Felix Roque and Mayor Ravinder Bhalla, as we collectively seek change in the leadership of Hudson County government,” read a statement that included Walker’s name.  “As representatives from various and diverse communities, we look forward to working with a county government that represents our ideals and we will commit the necessary resources to ensuring that such change occurs in the office of the Hudson County Executive.”

The freeholder declined to identify which release was correct and which incorrectly listed his name — although it’s possible that both were wrong.  Walker won’t say.

Walker is a political ally of State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City), a DeGise rival who has been mentioned in some Democratic circles as a possible candidate to replace him.  He entered politics in 2013 when he finished third in the Jersey City mayoral race, behind Steve Fulop and Jerry Healy, and was elected Freeholder in 2017.

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