State Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) wants his one-time nemesis turned North Hudson ally to serve as the next chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).
“I have every expectation that Vinny will be here until June,” said Sacco, referring to former Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), the current HCDO chairman.
“But I’ve told Brian I will support him for chairman after Vinny,” Sacco told InsiderNJ, referring to state Senator Brian P. Stack (D-33). “Anyone lined up with me will be with Brian.”
The two power brokers warred in the past, but came together in the aftermath of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s 2013 victory and have remained mostly pacific ever since.
Sacco’s public support all but guarantees Stack the chairmanship come June.
Stack and Sacco represent the last of a dying Hudson breed: mayors of their respective towns (Sacco in North Bergen and Stack in Union City) who were grandfathered in as occupants of the state senate (in Ld32 and LD33 respectively) prior to the passage of legislation eliminating double dipping. They both follow a similar template of using a synthesis of state level and local power to increase their Hudson hegemony. Their strategy often put them on a collision course, and although the sniping has decreased in recent years, Stack maintained a stronger relationship with Senate President Steve Sweeney and South Jersey as Sacco and Prieto went off the reservation.
While Prieto fire-blanketed teachers and warred with Sweeney and South Jersey and Sweeney prepared to take Sacco’s Transportation Committee chairmanship away from him, Stack went to Bridgeton last year to campaign with Sweeney against an incursion by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).