Tom DeGise is out as Hudson County Executive, according to a joint statement issued today by Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop,
“With regard to Hudson County’s next County Executive, we wish to state that we are seeking a new vision that is more closely aligned with our governmental ideals. While we are grateful for County Executive DeGise’s service, we look forward working with new county government leadership that will complement shifts related to a growing and changing population, as well as an increased regional influence. Consequently, we will be supporting a new candidate for that office,” Stack and Fulop said.
The New Jersey Globe first reported in January that Stack, likely the next Hudson County Democratic Chairman, and Fulop were unlikely to support DeGise for another term. At the time, Fulop pushed back and said he was “hyper focused on very local stuff” and that 2019 was along way off.
DeGise, 66, has been expected to seek re-election to a sixth term next year. A former Jersey City council president, DeGise ran for mayor in 2001, but lost the runoff to Glenn Cunningham. County Executive was his consolation prize; he won a 2002 special election after Bob Janiszewski resignation and has been re-elected four times.
One of the names reportedly under consideration is Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea.