They came far and wide to the bright light in the swamps of Secaucus where the latest man with a moustache to mount the statewide stage of leadership led a crowd of 250 people eager to embrace the imminent speakership of self-professed coalition builder Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32).
Prieto has overwhelming support in the Assembly caucus to formally succeed Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-34) tomorrow as speaker.
It’s pro forma at this point.
Tonight was the countywide exclamation point on his ascension.
In the room…
Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), state Sen. Nick Sacco (D-32), Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36), Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-29), Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35), Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34), Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31) and special guest Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.
“Now is the time to keep everyone together,” said Prieto to hand claps.
He’s the chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) who’s been able to coalesce people more in the span of a few months than the course of the last number of years, emcee Joey Muniz said.
Sacco lapped up the applause as Muniz referred to the veteran state senator as the new party leader of North Jersey.
It was Sacco who cut the deal with South Jersey Democrats to make Prieto speaker.
Presenting himself as Prieto’s right hand man in Trenton was Cosmo Sirrillo, lately of Jimenez’s office.
Also in attendance: Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27).