Larry Wainstein’s endorsement of Chris Christie for governor six years ago is now under attack in his bid to oust North Bergen mayor Nicholas Sacco.
“While Larry Wainstein was sucking up to Chris Christie and endorsing his campaign for Governor, Nick Sacco was standing up to the state’s biggest bully and fighting for our Democratic values,” said Wendy Martinez, a spokesperson for the Sacco Team. “Nick Sacco proudly stood with Barbara Buono when many other Democrats wouldn’t, and Sacco always opposed Chris Christie because he always fights for the people of North Bergen, no matter who he is up against. Lying Larry can’t outrun his past and North Bergen voters remember that he sold them out just to cozy up to Chris Christie.”
Christie secured several key endorsements from Hudson County Democrats for his 2013 campaign, including mayors in Harrison, Secaucus and Union City
Sacco, who is also a Democratic state senator, was a political foe of Christie during the eight tears their terms overlapped.
“Governor Christie is a symbol of anti-corruption and a tireless advocate for honest, open government,” Wainstein said in a statement issued as president of the North Bergen Concerned Citizens Group. “Our organization shares those ideals with the Governor and shares his commitment to ending government corruption, waste and abuse of taxpayer funds in North Bergen and throughout New Jersey.”
Sacco’s decision to use the endorsement as an issue against Wainstein comes at a time when Christie is wildly unpopular in New Jersey. He had upside-down statewide favorables 21%-63% in a poll conducted jointly by Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Christie’s numbers are even worse among Democrats (14%-78%).