The InsiderNJ news about Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32) on his way to Sports and Expo set the political levers grinding in Hudson County, where Prieto serves as chair of the countywide Democratic Party organization.
If Prieto gets the gig and must give up not only his assembly seat but also the chairmanship of the HCDO, Vice Chair Diane Coleman, a relatively little-known former Jersey City Councilwoman and register of the county, would land on the throne of power.
But the larger question becomes who succeeds Prieto on that political chair, and whether that person is close to Prieto-backer state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) or state Senator Brian P. Stack (D-33).
The swing from Sacco to Stack would represent a major shift of power in statewide politics.
Stack – said to be interested in leading the county – appears more muscular than ever, having turned out a record 34,218 votes on Election Day.
Sacco produced 19,384 votes.
Hudson came in fourth on Election Day of the highest performing counties for gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy. Essex was first with 121,068, followed by Bergen (120,724), Middlesex (99,402), and then Hudson (81,464), narrowly edging the candidate’s home county of Monmouth (78,798).