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Incumbent Mayor Felix Roque lost tonight as New Beginnings, the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) commissioners slate led by Gabe Rodriguez, swept in West New York.
Early, the total difference between Roque highest and New Beginnings lowest was 570, including VBMs, which Roque won by 180.
The victors won by around 750 on the machines.
The organization put considerable attention on the North Hudson town in the legislative district of state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32).
U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) personally campaigned against Roque, and in the end it paid off.
“I’ll still love him when this is over,” the mayor told InsiderNJ an hour ago. “He’s my Cuban brother.”
It was a bumpy eight years in office for Roque, who beat the machine twice and survived two indictments but finally couldn’t hold off the powerful party organization this year.
Even with the HCDO trained on him, as late as 7 p.m. this evening, a source close to Sires wouldn’t call it for Rodriguez.
But what once looked like nine political lives for the incumbent mayor tonight turned out to be two.
“Time for a united Hudson,” said a source.
Sacco was cruising to victory.
It was a big night for Sacco, and not just because he won.
Getting Roque out of City Hall in West New York was gravy.
Earlier today, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who last year backed state Senator Brian P. Stack for chairman against Sacco’s choice, today campaigned in North Bergen with Stack for Sacco.
Roque had been with Stack and Fulop last year.
No one from the old team ran in to stick his neck on the line for him, though, as they posed for pictures with the district boss.