Amy DeGise says she’s worried Brian Stack won’t back Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate if he becomes Hudson County Democratic Chairman, something Stack thinks is ridiculous.
DeGise points to Stack’s support of West New York mayor Felix Roque’s slate of county committee candidates, which is challenging the ticket backed by DeGise, Rep. Albio Sires and West New York Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo. At stake are 58 county committee seats, with both sides running full slates of candidates.
“Stack’s people are passing out literature and lots of signs urging people to vote Column B with no mention of Senator Menendez, who is running on Column A,” says DeGise. “They could very easily be telling people to vote for both Menendez and their candidates, but they are not. Stack could be running his slate on Column C but instead he deliberately choose to run on the same column as an anti-Menendez candidate.”
DeGise thinks Stack could be making a veiled threat toward Menendez, pointing to Stack’s decision to endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie for re-election in 2013.
“Given Stack’s past history of selling out the Democratic Party and his own District 33 constituents, we can’t take a chance on him also selling out Bob Menendez for the right price if he becomes the party Chairman,” said DeGise.
Stack pushed back on DeGise’s statement, and took a shot at DeGise’s father, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.
“While former council president Tom DeGise was carrying the water for Republican ideologue Bret Schundler, I was out there championing the ideals of the Democratic Party alongside Bob Menendez,” Stack told the New Jersey Globe. “It’s obvious that I support Bob Menendez 110%.”
The Menendez campaign did not immediately respond to a 2:37 PM call seeking comment.