Spagnola won’t run for mayor of Paterson

Celebrated last year as “the next mayor of Paterson” at a Chris Christie bash in New Jersey’s third largest city, former Police Chief Larry Spagnola today said he would not be running for mayor this year.

“I’m not going to take the shot,” Spagnola told PolitickerNJ.com. “It’s personal. There are a number of different reasons, but no, not at this time. Basically it has to do with family.”

The unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 2006 said he has not yet determined if he would publicly endorse a mayoral candidate in a field that now includes his former conqueror and incumbent Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Council President Jeffrey Jones, and Ward 6 Councilman Andre Sayegh.

“Anything’s possible, but I’m not going to be committed at this point,” he said.

“A lot of people wanted me to do this,” Spagnola added. “I feel bad, but I care about this city, people know that. This city has given me so much. I’ll always be active.”

Spagnola won’t run for mayor of Paterson