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No peace coming in Hudson feud

DeGise: ‘You prepare for war, you prepare for peace’

By Nikita Biryukov, May 02 2018 3:50 pm

Don’t expect the feud between Hudson County Democrats to peter out. Union City Mayor Brian Stack doesn’t.

“I don’t see a peace treaty, because every time there’s a peace treaty, it’s phony on their part,” Stack said. “They want to get the votes out of Union City and out of the 33rd that I work hard to deliver. There’s a big vote base there, yes, because I work at it. The vote base doesn’t come through because I snap my fingers and the votes come out”

It turns out that Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise has no plans to back off either.

“In situations like this, you prepare for war, and you prepare for peace,” DeGise said. “Nobody’s really looking forward to this. If you’re talking about anything that I would personally back off from the stance I’ve taken, no there’s no chance of that happening. If there are concessions coming from another direction, you never know. I’m not backing off.”

But it doesn’t look like either side is willing to take any steps toward peace in an intraparty feud that has become increasingly divisive as Democrats in the county pick sides.

Stack, who’s running to be Hudson County Democratic Committee chairman, and other Hudson County mayors, including Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and West New York Mayor Felix Roque, have aligned with Stack, while DeGise has the backing of North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, a State Senator, and various factions in Hudson.

At the moment, DeGise and his allies are looking to recruit a challenger to face Stack for the chairmanship.

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