Gov. Phil Murphy appears to have endorsed Craig J. Guy for the Democratic nomination for Hudson County Executive in 2023.
Murphy will headline a summer barbecue in Jersey City next month to launch Guy’s campaign to succeed Tom DeGise, a six-term incumbent who is not seeking re-election.
This is Murphy’s third early endorsement in Hudson County since December 2021, when Murphy endorsed Robert J. Menendez for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district. The backing of the Democratic governor came four days after Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) said he would retire, and twelve days before Menendez formally entered the race.
On February 18, hours after the boundaries of the newly drawn 32nd legislative district were approved, Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) announced that he would run for an open State Senate seat. Murphy endorsed him the next day.
Guy is DeGise’s long-time chief of staff and has quickly emerged as the front-runner to become Hudson County’s fifth county executive. He has already received support from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack, North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis., and Hudson County Democratic Chairman Anthony Vainieri, Jr.
Tickets to the September 21 event range from $500 to $2,600-per-person.
Guy, 64, is a longtime Hudson County Democratic insider. As chief of staff, Guy has played an integral role in the delivery of county government services.
While Guy is expected to receive the Democratic organization line, most Democrat anticipate that he will face a primary challenge from the progressive wing of his party that holds some sway Jersey City’s downtown ward.