Support for Lautenberg holds in Essex and Union

Powerful NorthNewarkDemocratic boss Steve Adubato endorsed U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews for U.S. Senate last week, buttoday the Essex County Democratic Committee awarded the line to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Meanwhile, in Union County, despiteSen.Ray Lesniak’s (D-Union)endorsement of Andrews, the Union County Democratic Committee today stuck with Lautenberg.

Sources close to theAndrews campaignargue that Adubato’s and Lesniak’s support for Andrews will make machine support for Lautenberg soft in their respective counties. But Lautenberg’s people say they will take the county support.

“We have 14 county organizational lines and the support of six congressmen,” said Lautenberg spokesman Brendan Gill.