HACKENSACK — Union Leader Richard ‘Buzzy’ Dressel says that Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) has his support to succeed state Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) in the state Senate if Weinberg becomes lieutenant governor.
“[Because of] her loyalty, and I think she’s paid her dues. She’s been in line. She’s been a very effective legislator. I think it’s only right,” said Dressel, the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 and past supporter of Weinberg in her intra-party battles with former Chairman Joe Ferriero, who is awaiting a verdict in his corruption trial.
Dressel is not a District 37 Democratic committee member, so he will not have a vote on Weinberg’s replacement.
As Dressel spoke to PolitickerNJ.com, political operatives next to him mentioned that the Ferriero jury appeared to be hung up on two of the eight charges.
If any of the verdict turns out to be guilty, Dressel thinks that Gov. Jon Corzine already blunted any potential blow back by choosing Weinberg as his No. 2.
“I think it’s so far removed at this point, and I think putting Loretta on the ticket will silence the critics,” he said.