Stack Congratulates DeGise; Vows to Build Party, Elect Menendez in November

KEARNY – After absorbing the loss to Amy DeGise tonight, state Senator Brian P. Stack spoke to InsiderNJ.

“I want to congratulate Amy DeGise on her victory, it was a great victory on their par,” Stack said. “I think it was turnout. I think they did a better job and had more support throughout the county from their mayors.”

Stack said he relished the chance to help the poor people of Hudson.

“I don’t make excuses,” he said. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m used to going to the public at large. This, it’s almost like going to a club. Every one of the committee members, you never know where the connections are.”

He ruled out ever running for the chairmanship again.

“I met so many great people I did not know before, specifically in Ward A and F of Jersey City,” he said. “I’m honored to be the mayor of Union City and the 33d District senator and ‘ll double down harder with my work.

“The committee comes down to relationships,” he said.

InsiderNJ asked him if DeGise’s message of tying him to Republican Governor Chris Christie penetrated.

“Maybe with a small percentage but no, I don’t think so,” Stack said. “I am a better Democrat than most Democrats.

“I’m thankful to all my committee members,” he added. “I’m glad they participated.

“Now we’ve got to deliver in November. We’ve got Senator Bob Menendez on the ballot in November and we must deliver.”

As for the countywide fight sparked when he and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop pulled the plug on their support for DeGise’s father, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Stack said it’s over.

“I’m not going into any fight next year,” he said.

Does he endorse DeGise’s reelection?

“Right now I need to sit down but I can tell you I am not going into a fight next year,” he said.

He praised Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla but did not offer comments about Fulop.

“Ravi Bhalla is a huge star,” Stack said. “Ravi is a true friend.”

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