It was the weekend before the biggest election in history and facing a crowd of 3,000 people in Scheutzen Park, Union City Mayor/Senator Brian P. Stack jumped onto a stage looking to make a statement about next year’s election.
He’s up in 2017.
But don’t run against him.
Run against him at your own peril.
Run against him and generate a single digit effort that will induce laughter in North Hudson County.
But what about about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton?
“I’m pulling for her,” said Stack, a day earlier, after leading a leaflet-distributing party of allies into Jersey City.
At his Civic Association rally Friday, Stack left it to former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy to remind people about the importance of Tuesday’s presidential election, but it was decidedly under-card fare in the optics of Stackworld.
“Brian’s never gone crazy over presidential politics,” a source told PolitickerNJ. “With him, it’s local.”
Murphy projected firm Election Day duty in a packed press of newfound Hudson County allies, including Murphy’s conquered quarry Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and others who once chastised the Goldman guy for being disrespectful of the presidential cycle by declaring his gubernatorial candidacy prior to November 8th.
Now it was Murphy in paternal reminder role as the Hudson guys there in support of Stack 2017 absorbed his entreaties to get out there on Election Day.
Not everyone saw Tuesday alone as a test drive opportunity for future local and district-wide conquests.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones on Saturday pulled a Clinton for president rally at the Robert Treat Hotel, and all weekend long, volunteers from all over North Jersey packed buses and drove to Philadelphia to canvas in battleground Pennsylvania.
Heading into the final weekend, Clinton registered a four-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the Keystone State. If the Democrat’s double digit lead over Trump in New Jersey allowed for expressions of self aggrandizement and self indulgence, Pennsylvania remained battleground territory.
It was so tight in Pa., the Trump campaign had Governor Chris Christie – mired in Bridgegate verdict headlines – stand down rather than campaign for the Republican nominee for president.
It was volatile.