JERSEY CITY – At a Monday night fundraiser at Jersey City’s Liberty House Restaurant, some of north Jersey’s most notable Democrats came out to support Bayonne native Nick Chiaravalloti as he pursues the LD31 assembly seat.
Chiaravalloti is a long-time alum of the Hudson County Democratic Party and the number of relationships he has built throughout the years was evident.
In attendance were the likes of Congressman Albio Sires (D-8), Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, State Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Mayor James Davis of Bayonne, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hudson County Freeholder William O’Dea, Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Director John Minella and former state Senator Bernie Kenny and members of the Bayonne City council, among others. Also in attendance was Angela McKnight, Chiaravalloti’s running mate.
“The Hudson County Democratic Party is very unified,” Chiaravalloti said. “We have a lot of support from the community.”
Chiaravalloti is the former state director for Senator Bob Menendez. Currently, he works as an attorney for Weiner Lesniak, the law firm in which state Senator Ray Lesniak—a likely 2017 gubernatorial hopeful—is partner. He also is executive director of the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City.
Congressman Sires spoke at the event and said he believes the district will be “lucky” to have Chiaravalloti if he is elected.
“We are lucky because Nick is one of the people going to Trenton with years of experience,” Sires said during his remarks.
State Senator Sandra Cunningham also spoke at the event.
“I am very, very proud of the new team we will have in the 31st district,” Cunningham said of Chiaravalloti and McKnight.
In November, Chiaravalloti will face Republican Matt Kopko in the assembly race for the district. With Hudson being such a Democratic stronghold, however, it is unlikely that Kopko will be able to muster enough support to compete against the Democrats.