According to an unofficial vote count in North Bergen’s 2019 municipal election, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, along with his full slate of incumbent commissioners, won in a landslide victory on May 14 against their sole opposition, a slate headed by Larry Wainstein.
Sacco, who vowed to “crush” Wainstein in this year’s election, reportedly did just that. He beat Wainstein by a margin greater than that of 2015.
Here’s the tally of all candidates’ results:
– Nicholas Sacco: 8,768
– Frank Gargiulo: 8,298
– Hugo Cabrera: 8,332
– Allen Pascual: 8,268
– Julio Marenco: 8,258
– Larry Wainstein: 4,026
– Diana Ortiz: 3,696
– Franklin Fabre: 3,637
– Alcides Siri: 3,627
– Juan Almanzar: 3,624
– Personal Choice: 70
Sacco’s team won with 69 percent of all votes altogether, after an election bout lasting several months. Opponents slugged it out until the very end.
The campaigns leading up to this election were similar to those in 2015. Sacco, who has been in the mayor’s office since 1991 and representing New Jersey’s 32nd Legislative District since 1994, was pitted against Wainstein, a local business owner who first ran against Sacco four years ago.
Both mayoral candidates ran with full slates. Sacco’s slate, on Column B, included all four sitting commissioners, Allen Pascual, Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo and Julio Marenco.
Wainstein ran alongside Diana Ortiz, Juan Almanzar, Alcides Siri and Franklin Fabre, all of whom were political newcomers.
Last time, Sacco won with 8,465 votes against the newcomer Wainstein, who received 4,904 votes.
Election Day on May 14 saw major get-out-the-vote efforts on both sides. Supporters of both Sacco and Wainstein flooded the streets, and fleets of billboard trucks made their way down North Bergen’s main streets.
While Sacco won by a large margin in 2015, he clearly did not take winning for granted this year.
During much of the campaign season, officials from across Hudson County visited North Bergen to display Sacco’s political clout against his opponent. Sacco received endorsements from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the Hudson County Democratic Organization, and several other political groups. Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop both spent time at Sacco’s headquarters, as did Hudson County Chairwoman Amy DeGise.
After the polls closed, Sacco’s team held a celebratory get-together at Waterside restaurant in North Bergen.
“We would like to thank the Township of North Bergen for another four years!” Sacco said on social media.