Jersey City mayoral aide David Donnelly has Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s support to succeed Phil Kenny on the Jersey City council, according to Dominick Pandolfo, the mayor’s chief of staff.
Kenny, who had been in office for about six months, resigned Wednesday from the Ward B seat – one day after pleading guilty to taking bribes from a federal informant who posed as a crooked developer.
Donnelly’s mother, Mary, held the council seat until 2005.
“The mayor has asked [Donnelly] to consider running,” said Pandolfo, who added that Donnelly agreed to do it. “He’s ready to serve his ward like his mother did.”
Although it’s up to the council to pick Kenny’s replacement, seven of its eight remaining members are Healy allies.
“It’s strictly the council’s decision. The mayor is simply making a recommendation to the council,” said Pandolfo.
Donnelly, who is currently a special assistant to healy, has worked for a host of New Jersey politicians, including Edison Mayor Jun Choi, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski. He is about to receive a master’s degree in urban policy and management from The New School.