Garrett Smith, the Democratic Mayor of Roselle, is open to endorsing Republican Christopher Christie or Independent Christopher Daggett in the fall gubernatorial race, sources say. And Smith, who has been at odds with the Union County Democratic organization and Democratic County Chair Charlotte DeFilippo, has never met Daggett, but says he would be open to discussions regarding the selection of a Lt. Governor candidate.
Many insiders expect the new Mayor of Hillside, Joseph Menza (who is also a Democrat) to back Christie for Governor. Menza won a runoff against DeFilippo’s candidate last month by just six votes. The Democratic Governors Association contributed more than $13,000 to Menza’s opponent in the officially non-partisan election, and Christie sent volunteers to Hillside during the runoff to help turn out Republicans in support of Menza.