Gaughan drops challenge to Quigley; Inclan will resign

A war among Hudson County Democrats was avoided today by Jersey City Councilman William Gaughan’s decision to drop his challenge to Assemblywoman Joan Quigley. Gaughan is the Jersey City Democratic Chairman and Chief of Staff to Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise. Democratic sources say that Hudson County Clerk Javier Inclan will announce his resignation next week. Inclan is expected to be replaced by Barbara Netchert, the Executive Director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency and a DeGise ally. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy reportedly signed off on Netchert in exchange for saving Quigley. Quigley, the Majority Conference Leader and Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee Chair, is widely viewed as one of Trenton’s most competent legislators. Inclan, the first Latino to win countywide office in Hudson, will be accepting a position in state government.

Gaughan drops challenge to Quigley; Inclan will resign