It’s 4 a.m. and there’s a call at City Hall, or at least to the cellphone of Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack.
It’s Gov. Chris Christie.
Such was Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack’s rainy day reflection on the call he received from Gov. Chris Christie on the morning of a 4 a.m. house fire in Stack’s hometown.
The governor heard about the fire and immediately called Stack to see if the mayor needed any help.
Stack today said he remembered that.
Today the renegade Democrat, his 33rd District ticketmates, Assembly candidates Carmelo Garcia and Raj Mukherji and the Union City commissioners, declared their support for the incumbent Republican governor.
“For three years now, Governor Christie has accomplished great things and made New Jersey proud by simply putting the people of our state and doing his job first. No matter the issue, we know Governor Christie will take on the fights that need to be had to get things done and work with whoever is willing – Republicans, Democrats or Independents – to move our state forward,” said Stack. “I’m proud of the work we have accomplished together and I’m honored to call Governor Christie a friend. There is no one better suited to continue that work for Union City, for this district, and for New Jersey altogether, which is why I am proudly endorsing him for re-election today.”
Christie paid tribute to the Hudson County brand name.
“Mayor Stack has always, always put the people of his city and his district first. When I took office, I knew I would have a partner in Union City who was willing to join me in common causes and fight to get things done,” said the governor. “Brian and I have covered a lot of ground in the last three years together – bringing reform to Trenton and results to the people of Union City. We aren’t done yet and I am honored to have his support, the support of the community, and his friendship for another four years of work and progress.”
The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono was unimpressed.
“Come November, New Jersey voters will be making a choice between more of Governor Christie’s failed economic policies and Senator Buono’s solutions to create economic growth,” said spokesman David Turner. “The Governor’s policies have protected the wealthy at the expense of New Jersey’s working and middle class families – leaving 400,000 people unemployed and property taxes 20 percent higher than when he took office. This doesn’t event factor his right-wing philosophies that led him to veto equal pay legislation, defund women’s health and veto marriage equality. We are confident that when New Jerseyans are presented with the stark differences between Senator Buono and the Governor, voters will support Barbara Buono for governor.”
To date, fifteen elected Democrats from around New Jersey have officially endorsed Governor Christie, including Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis, Burlington City Mayor Jim Fazzone, Manville Mayor Angelo Corradino, Chesilhurst Mayor Michael Blunt, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long and all eight members of the Harrison City Council.