Gov. Chris Christie will pick off another Democrat this morning, and again another elected official from Hudson County.
Mayor Michael Gonnelli and members of the local council will declare their support for the governor, the mayor told PolitickerNJ.com.
“Running as Independents has its advantages,” Gonnelli and the council said in a statement. “As Independents, we can make decisions based on Secaucus first and not worry about party politics. It has given us opportunities to work with everyone, regardless of party, in the best interests of the people of Secaucus. One of those opportunities has been to work with the Christie Administration on what is one of the most serious issues in the history of our community: finally ridding ourselves of the unfair burden of paying approximately $3 million every year in tax sharing to the Meadowlands Commission.
“It is because of the great working relationship the Town of Secaucus has with the Governor and the leadership demonstrated by him on this issue and his untiring efforts during and after Superstorm Sandy that I am publicly announcing that I and all the members of the Secaucus Town Council intend to vote to re-elect Governor Chris Christie.”
Part of the political storyline in this case has to do with the fact that Gonnelli hails from the hometown of Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), who is chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).
A former fire chief, Gonnelli also served as commissioner of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC).
He was elected mayor in 2009.
Christie has already received the support from Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack and Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough.
“Governor Christie has demonstrated outstanding leadership, working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to find a temporary solution to tax sharing,” Gonnelli said. “The Governor and those in his administration understand our concerns and take tax relief seriously. Governor Christie has committed himself to finding a permanent solution to tax sharing and we are committed to helping him do just that.
“We also cannot forget the around the clock work by the Governor before, during and after the most devastating storm in New Jersey history caused unprecedented destruction, not only along our shore areas, but also in Hudson County.
“Politics didn’t stop Governor Christie from working with and praising President Obama when it came to doing what was right for New Jersey and he didn’t care what his critics said.”
Gonnelli said his team won’t endorse any other Republican candidates this year; this endorsement is exclusively for Christie.