When Gov. Chris Christie wanted traction for his re-election run for governor, he went to Union City.
As Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) gears up for a run to succeed Christie, he too plans to drive up to the Palasides to show off his alliance with powerful state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-33), who doubles as the mayor of Union City.
Sweeney will help Stack deliver turkeys tomorrow to UC residents, an annual Stack monster constituent service event that mobilizes the entire Stack machine on the streets of the population-packed northern city.
Sweeney’s trip north to Hudson County comes a day after he and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop took turns wooing other cocktail-blitzed Democrats at the League of Municipalities.
The Senate president has a longstanding alliance with Stack. It was Stack, in fact, who stepped forward to provide a cricital, domino-toppling vote to Sweeney when the South Jersey senator secured the Senate presidency. But the obvious statement of closeness comes just weeks after Christie burnished his own Stack alliance to help him win a majority of Latino votes on his way to romping to re-election victory.
Sweeney’s inner Stack comes with the added edge of showing Hudson street cred as he works to minimize Fulop traction in the Jersey City mayor’s home county.