Chances of peace between warring factions of Hudson County Democrats haven’t gone up since before Tuesday’s municipal elections.
“There’s been no dialogue that I know of between the camps, so it doesn’t look like there’ll be one,” State Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) said of a peace treaty. “I wish there would be one, but it doesn’t look that way.”
Sacco’s team, those allied with Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, scored a major win on Tuesday after Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis was reelected by wide margins in Bayonne.
The win has DeGise allies feeling good as the time to elect a new chair for the Hudson County Democratic Organization approaches.
“I feel better because they have a lot of seats. They have 100 seats, so it looks to me that that certainly enhances the chances because of Bayonne being in this part of the alliance,” Sacco, the mayor of North Bergen, said of his mystery candidate’s chances. “But like anything else, it depends how many people get there.”
DeGise allies have yet to announce a candidate to take on Union City Mayor Brian Stack, also a state senator, for the chairmanship. Stack makes his run with support of several influential Hudson County mayors, including Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, West New York Mayor Felix Roque and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
Last week, DeGise said he would wait until after the Bayonne election to announce his candidate, but that election has come and gone with his side still in deliberations.
Still, an announcement could come soon.
“There’s discussions going on now,” Sacco said. “But, I’m not at liberty to talk about it, but maybe soon.”