Hudson sources say state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) could emerge as a possible challenger to incumbent Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, but the senator won’t comment at this time.
“I’m not there yet,” said Cunningham, when asked if she could speak to the re-election plans of the veteran DeGise.
“We’re still looking at it,” she added.
An ally of ousted Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, DeGise is treading toward 2015 in a rearranged political environment, with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop now occupying the county’s most powerful municipal chair of power.
Another player is Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, the former Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) chairman, who unsuccessfully backed Healy in the 2013 mayor’s election.
Smith’s up for re-election next year and is said to be fighting to remain in good standing with the reconfigured HCDO.