The Congressman from West New York put his own Andre the Giant-sized fingerprints on the New Beginnings ticket and it paid off, as Sires acolyte Gabe Rodriguez and the gang swept.
Not only did the mayor and 32nd state senator win his own reelection with ease (70%) over a perennial citywide thorn, but Gabe Rodriguez’s victory in West New York enabled the North Hudson boss to build organizational muscle in his own backyard.
Remember, Roque had last year backed state Senator Brian P. Stack to chair the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) chairmanship. The utter eradication of the WNY mayor by the New Beginnings Team tonight proved a mopping up exercise that ultimately allows DeGise – a key ally of Governor Phil Murphy – to shine.
Scornful of Democratic Party machine politics, the South Orange Village President dealt her opponent a concussive loss (see below) in tonight’s marquee Essex County election. Collum’s victory puts the mayor in a special unbought and unbosssed category in a county partially responsible for the grassroots fervor that powered U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11) to victory last year.
Leader of the New Beginnings ticket, the Sires soldier defeated eight-year incumbent Felix Roque to become the next mayor of West New York. In a way, he’s the perfect Hudson machine politician complement to next door neighbor (and independent progressive) Collum in Essex.