Balmir Parties in Newark with Sweeney Ops

Fromleft: Butler, Balmir and COS Baraka.

Fromleft: Butler, Balmir and COS Baraka.

Chastised publicly by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop last year when his wife went to work for Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Hudson Freeholder Gerry Balmir held a fundraiser in Newark last night where he told supporters that he plans to run again, even if booted off the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) line.

Those in attendance included Amiri “Middy” Baraka (chief of staff to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka), Councilwoman Mildred Crump, Councilman Eddie Osborne, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, state Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28), Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, and former Booker Chief of Staff Mo Butler of Mercury.

Notably, numerous operatives affiliated with Sweeney – including Kevin Hagan and Kevin Drennan – crammed the room.