This from the Hudson County View:
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has selected William Sampson IV, a longshoreman and crane operator, to replace Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line in the June 8th primary.
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From John Heinis’ report:
Davis also mentions that Sampson graduated from Bayonne High School in 2007, is a crane operator for Global Container Terminal, and a member of the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1588 where he serves as a political liaison and holds several board committee positions.
At the end of last month, Davis told Chiaravalloti, the majority whip in the state assembly, that he would not have his support to run on the Democratic party line and conversations with top elected leaders U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Gov. Phil Murphy (D), and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) could not convince him to change his mind.
The mayor has also not elaborated on why Chiaravalloti fell out of favor with him. The assemblyman also hasn’t addressed the situation publicly, but is hosting a virtual fundraiser this evening with suggested donations of $150, $300, or $500.
Jimmy Davis suspected Nick Chiaravalloti was going to somehow get the drop on him.
The mayor had heard the chatter behind his back about how he was great for the ribbon cuttings but not for the fine points of deal-making, and while it may have suited that crust of guys in the establishment to have a guy in city hall who wasn’t manic about details – Davis was more than just that, too.
When he did choose to focus on something, he could punch back.