Corzine takes sides in Irvington

Jon Corzine’ early endorsement of Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith appears to have angered a group of local Democrats planning to challenge Smith when he comes up for re-election in May 2010. Corzine took sides even though one likely Smith rival, Councilman David Lyons, is also backing Corzine. Former Assemblyman Craig Stanley (D-Irvington), who is part of the Payne political dynasty, is also a possible candidate. And the governor endorsed in a race knowing that State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark), who represents Irvington, is unlikely to support the incumbent.

Corzine takes sides in Irvington