Brian Stack, a Democratic State Senator from Hudson County and the powerful Mayor of Union City, will not say if he's backing the re-election of Gov. Jon Corzine. This non-endorsement whose support could mean 70% of the vote in this city of nearly 70,000 people, is monumental — especially as scandal jeopardizes the value of Democratic turnout operations in Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken and Secaucus in November. Read Max Pizarro's story on the relationship between Stack, State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (the Mayor of North Bergen) and Corzine.
Corzine is heading into the fall without the ability to rely on Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, the Hudson County Democratic Chairman. Healy has not been accused on any wrong doing, but his admission that he was one of the Jersey City officials mentioned in a bribery complaint makes him toxic to Corzine. The irony here is that Corzine needs Healy much more than Healy needs Corzine.