TRENTON – Notable among the moves embedded in Senate President Steve Sweeney’s committee leadership reshuffling: the ejection of Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Nick Sacco (D-32).
Once the Joe D. of Hudson County in terms of his relationship with South Jersey, Sacco is the political godfather of former Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), who also officially got the boot today when Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) assumed the oath of office.
Sticking it to Sacco represented the gleeful cherry on top of South Jersey’s efforts to relieve the Sacco-Prieto wing of the Hudson County Democratic Party of duty, even as the South let Essex camel nose its way back into at least some stature – albeit far from the senate presidency once commanded by Senator Dick Codey (D-27).
As part of those mopping up exercises and the final eradication of Sacco’s Hudson and Middlesex supplanting, state Senator Brian P. Stack (D-33) – a stout Sweeney ally from Union City, the neighboring town to Sacco’s North Bergen – is generally viewed as the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) successor to Prieto.
Stack, for his part, got legislative oversight.