Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny will announce today that he will not seek re-election to his 33rd district seat. The 60-year-old Hudson County Democrat had lost support of local party leaders.
The two Assemblymen from the district, Union City Mayor Brian Stack and West New York Mayor Sal Vega, are considered possible Senate candidates. Stack had been the leading contender, although published reports of a state Attorney General's investigation and a lawsuit filed by a developer who alleges pay-to-play violations could potentially change that.
His announcement is not a surprise. Kenny had told several colleagues and Hudson Mayors of his retirement plans more than a week ago.
Kenny is also expected to step down as Hudson County Democratic Chairman in June. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy is his likely successor.