Most of the Hudson chatter this week about a Stack-Fulop-backed challenger to Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) Executive Tom DeGise centered around Hudson Freeholder Bill O’Dea.
“Way too early,” O’Dea told InsiderNJ, in reference to the 2019 contest.
A source close to the brain trust of the anti-DeGise/anti-state Senator Nick Sacco coup likewise said “to be determined,” when asked about a candidate.
But two other sources said they suspect the pick is O’Dea.
It was the freeholder, after all, who backed Steve Fulop in 2013 partly in hopes of getting a citywide foothold to undertake his own countywide revolutionary efforts in 2015.
It never happened.
Fulop made nice with Sacco, and assisted in bringing Sacco and state Senator Brian P. Stack (D-33) together. In the name of a unified Hudson and – at least from the Jersey City perspective – hardening a strongpoint toward Fulop’s own 2017 gubernatorial bid, all three of them backed DeGise’s reelection.
But Sacco was irritated with Fulop when the mayor pulled the plug on his gubernatorial designs the way he did, and felt a little left out in the lurch, while Stack didn’t appreciate Saco minder Joey Muniz nosing around in Hoboken.
Inevitably, the fractures began overtaking the relationship, with Stack sticking with Fulop and Sacco sticking with DeGise.
Now the divide gives O’Dea the environment he originally wanted: war with the existing superstructure.
He’s been pawing at the turf for years for a chance like this.