Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy says that state Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) was wrong when he said that the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) has not done enough to reach out to minority candidates.
“I couldn’t disagree with him more,” Healy, who chairs the HCDO, said on Tuesday while waiting to meet with Gov.-Elect Chris Christie for a press conference at a Jersey City homeless shelter.
“We supported [state Senator] Sandra Cunningham, a minority candidate. He supported Lou Manzo, a non-minority candidate. We supported [Hudson County Sheriff] Juan Perez. He supported a non-minority candidate,” said Healy, referring to a 2007 primary conflagration between the HCDO and Stack’s own emergent Democratic machine. “Saying is one thing… but we’ve walked the walk.”
Stack, who is also mayor of Union City and controls a large bloc of votes there, made the critical comments about the HCDO last Monday when asked if he would support removing Cunningham from the party line because she blocked the appointment of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. Stack called the organization a “paper tiger” stuck in the mindset of a “society that maybe existed 80 years ago.”