Chiappone’s comeback

Former Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone was the top vote-getter in his bid for re-election to the Bayonne City Council, avoiding a runoff. Chiappone had won a State Assembly seat in 2003, ousting eleven-term Assemblyman (and former Speaker) Joseph Doria, the Mayor of Bayonne, in the Democratic primary on an anti-organization ticket headed by Jersey City Mayor Glenn Cunningham. When Cunningham died the following year, Chiappone ran as an Independent in a Special Election for State Senate and lost to Doria. The Hudson County Democratic Organization refused to back him for a second term in 2005 and he lost the primary to Charles Epps.

Chiappone’s comeback