DeGise takes a pass on sex offender scandal

Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise had "no comment" when asked about the presence of a convicted child molester in the Sandra Bolden Cunningham’s campaign for the Democratic State Senate nomination.

"I’m not even going to go there," said DeGise, who is running for re-election on a ticket that in the 31st district includes Cunningham, Bayonne Councilman Anthony Chiappone and former Jersey City Councilman L. Harvey Smith.

"I'm trying to run a positive campaign," the county executive added.

The Cunningham campaign confirmed to the Jersey Journal last week that 45-year old Russell Wallace joined the campaign after participating in Jersey City’s Second Chance Program, which was created by Cunningham’s husband, the late Glenn Cunningham.

Wallace was convicted in 1999 of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in his Jersey City home in 1997, according to the Journal. He ended up serving fewer than four years in prison.

DeGise takes a pass on sex offender scandal