Congressman Albio Sires was a big winner in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Hudson County and the threat of a primary challenge in 2008 is likely over: his West New York hometown political rival, Sal Vega, was trounced by Sires' candidate, Brian Stack. Vega — with the backing of the Hudson County Democratic Organization — won just 23% of the vote and lost every town in his district, including West New York. Sires played a strong and very public role in support of Stack, and now sees his longtime staffer, Caridad Rodriguez, take Vega's seat in the State Assembly.
It was a complete team for the North Hudson Stack/Sires team: Hoboken Councilman Ruben Ramos will replace Stack in the Assembly, and Jose Munoz of West New York beat the HCDO/Vega candidate for Freeholder — the seat that Vega held before Sires' election to Congress (and Gerry Lange's domestic violence case) allowed for a huge came of political musical chairs.
Also losing was Nicole Harrison Garcia, the wife of former Assemblyman and Union City Mayor Rudy Garcia.