Hindsight being 20/20

Bret Schundler could have won a 2004 special election for Mayor of Jersey City, and his return to the post he held from 1992 to 2001 might have made him a viable candidate for Governor in 2009. A top Hudson County Democrat and a Republican close to Schundler both confirm that Schundler was offered the chance to regain his old job following the June ’04 death of Mayor Glenn Cunningham — Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, who was a Schundler ally when he served on the City Council and Schundler’s choice to succeed him in 2001, was the intermediary between Democrats and Schundler in their attempt to convince him to run. When Schundler said no, Democrats rallied behind then-City Councilman Jerramiah Healy, who had lost to Schundler in 1997. Schundler apparently was interested in returning to City Hall, but was not willing to skip a run for Governor this year.

Hindsight being 20/20