The chair of the long enfeebled Hudson County Republican Organization embraced Democrat-turned GOP standard-bearer Juan Perez at a packed Jersey City fundraiser at Puccini’s last night.
“Let me tell you, it went from six to ten, and there were between 350 and 400 people there – standing room only,” said Perez spokesman Robert Knapp, referring to the $150-per-person event.
Jolted off the Democratic Party line as he prepared for his re-election to the sheriff’s office, Perez fired the very undersheriff whom Dems want to succeed him, then changed parties, heading straight for the GOP auspices of Arango, a county payroll afterthought, according to Democratic Party insiders.
But sources say Perez’s defection has energized the long (mostly) suffering Arango in the Democratic Party bastion.
While no GOP big names traversed the Hacknsack for last night’s fundraiser, Knapp said representatives from the New Jersey State Republican Party at the Puccini event included operatives John Raue and Nicolle Gallo.
Also in the crowd was Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano.
“Not to mention a cross-section of people from throughout the county,” Knapp said.