UNION CITY – West New York Mayor Felix Roque said he expects his camp to win at least half of the 58 county committee seats they’re running for.
“I really believe, even off the line, we can at least get half,” Roque said. “We’re going to shoot for more. Being off the line is not easy, but we put a lot of resources behind this. I’m blessed not only to have the Mayor and [State] Sen. Brian Stack helping me with his own volunteers coming this direction. I also have a lot of people coming from North Bergen.”
Roque and Stack-aligned forces have between 300 and 400 volunteers working streets in West New York, according to a source familiar with the race.
That manpower will likely prove useful, but they face an uphill climb against the county committee candidates aligned with West New York Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.
Their candidates, with DeGise’s backing, are on the line with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires, who has taken to campaigning for county-aligned forces in the Hudson warette.
It’s not clear whether that will be enough to sway voters away from Stack’s nigh-legendary organizing power.
It’s because of that power that Roque is banking to win at least 29 seats. He said he thinks his side can win them all.
“Realistically, I’m actually looking to get everything – the 58.” Roque said. “If I don’t get ’em, I’m going to be ok with 40.”