Midway through his second term, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo is gearing up for whatever fight comes his way as he plans for a third term in office.
“Joe is looking ahead to running, and serving, to complete the execution of his vision for Essex County,” said chief-of-staff Phil Alagia.
To that end, DiVincenzo today is holding a $300-a head celebration in West Orange.
An ally of North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato, Sr., who supports U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) for U.S. Senate over incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, DiVincenzo to date has remained neutral in the U.S. Senate primary.
A large alliance of Essex County officials, including U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, state Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex), Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) two weeks ago endorsed Lautenberg.
Whether that recent schism impacts on other older party divides and further creates an opportunity for a primary battle remains to be seen.