Local Stack event turns into statewide celebration

Mayor Brian P. Stack’s campaign kick-off last night against long-shot local opposition drew Democratic Party big shots from all corners of the state to North Hudson for a chance to squeeze onto a jam-packed stage of luminaries behind the Union City political animal.

The overflow event at Schuetzen Park featured a Stack speed dial of statewide power: Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford), state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) – in addition to local love from North Bergen Mayor/state Sen. Nicholas Sacco, West New York Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough, and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.

South Hudson strength projection included political foes Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (Jersey City).

Latino leaders like Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco and Trenton At-Large Councilman Manuel Segura likewise came to pay their respects.

Said to be U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-Hoboken) first choice to revive a battered Hudson County Democratic Organization in time for the senator’s 2012 re-election bid, Stack entered the strobe lit banquet hall to Rocky theme music and flexed his organizational skill and popularity with a crowd of more than 1,500 people. Local Stack event turns into statewide celebration