Congressman Sires

Former Assembly Speaker Albio Sires is headed to Congress: he is unopposed in a November special election for the remaining two months of Bob Menendez’s term, and can take his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as soon as the state certifies the results of that contest. To stay on for another two years, Sires must first beat Republican John Guarini — a race he is the overwhelming favorite to win. Sires will go to Congress twenty years after his first try, when he was the Republican nominee against incumbent Frank Guarini. (For trivia enthusiasts, Sires’ campaign manager was Rick Shaftan.) Sires won a landslide victory in an especially bitter campaign against Perth Amboy Mayor/Assemblyman Joseph Vas, capturing 74% of the vote districtwide. He won 80% in Hudson County. The results were substantially different from a poll the Vas campaign leaked last week showing him within two points of winning — a move that could damage Vas’ future credibility. Democratic insiders say that Sires is unlikely to make peace with Vas anytime soon, and there is a chance that Sires supporters will seek some retribution next year, when Vas seeks Democratic party support for re-election to the State Assembly. Perth Amboy Councilman David Sylagi, who actively backed Sires, could emerge as a legislative candidate. Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, the Democratic State Chairman, says that Vas has ‘lot of fence mending to do within the party.”

Congressman Sires