Albio Sires won’t be going away from Hudson County politics, according to multiple sources.
In fact, the sitting U.S. Representative slated to retire this year from Congress may return to his former, beloved job:
Mayor of West New York.
Sires served in that capacity from 1995 to 2006.
The sitting mayor, Gabe Rodriguez, was elected in 2019 and faces the voters again next year.
But he may be one and done in that position, at least for the next term, if the 71-year old Sires is serious about a local comeback.
Sources say he’s serious, which would make Rodriguez a top contender for an assembly seat.
A source said he will, in fact, head to Trenton by giving up the mayor’s seat to Sires.
Hudson was abuzz Friday with chatter about the deal.
“If that’s what he chooses to do, I would support him,” North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco told InsiderNJ.
Sires loved being mayor.
Never a policy wonk, he didn’t care for the mind games and semantical tugs of war in the cloakrooms of Congress.
Lately the former Republican’s rolled his eyes at the progressive wing of his party.
He felt good about President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, but was irritated by the left’s obstructionism during the process.
The overall procedure of congress never enticed or intrigued him.
The Hudson County stalwart instead thrilled to the office of mayor, and could see himself back there, sources say.
The former basketball star likes helping people and problem solving, not untangling bills and figuring out the national politics of left and right.
In the meantime, the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) is intent on ensuring the June 7th Primary win – in convincing fashion – of Sires’ successor, Rob Menendez, Jr.
Sires first set on his road to Congress in 2006, as the successor to Menendez Jr’s father, Bob Menendez, who gave up his congressional seat to become the United States Senator.