Bayonne Second Ward City Councilman Sal Gullace will not be a part of Mayor James Davis’ council slate in the May 10 election. Gullace successfully ran with Davis in the 2014 and 2018 municipal elections.
In an interview with the Bayonne Community News, Gullace said he met with Davis yesterday and was told he was no longer going to be on the ticket. Jackie Weimmer will apparently be joining the slate instead.
Gullace said he is not sure what his next move is yet.
“I didn’t make that decision yet,” he said of running for re-election. “Right now I just left it at that. I’m going to talk to my family over the weekend then I’ll decide what I’m doing.”
Having suffered a traumatic leg injury while on his job with the Hudson County Improvement Authority, Gullace is nearly fully recovered and is walking without a cane. He told the BCN he is still processing it all.
“I’ve done a good job,” Gullace said. “I feel like the residents like me.”
Previously, it had been alleged that Davis would drop Gullace and City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski from the ticket this year, at the same time that speculation was growing that Ashe-Nadrowski would run for mayor. Ashe-Nadrowski, who is now challenging Davis this May, released a statement hitting Davis over the move.
“I’m not surprised by mayor Davis’s decision to drop Sal from his team,” she said. “It’s just the latest example of his dirty politics and back room deals.”
Ashe-Nadrowski praised Gullace for his work on the council: “Sal has always been there for the residents. Even though his recovery from a serious injury he still found time to respond to the needs of the people of Bayonne.”
In a statement, Davis spokesperson Phil Swibinski said: “Mayor Davis has a great deal of respect for Councilman Gullace and is thankful for his service to the City of Bayonne, but he has made a decision that it’s time for new leadership in the Second Ward and will be announcing his support for a candidate soon.”
So far Davis has named First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll and Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa to his council slate for this election, while Ashe-Nadrowski has yet to name announce a slate.
Alonso running for mayor
Meanwhile, former Bayonne Board of Education Trustee and real estate agent Michael Alonso has declared his candidacy for mayor. He joins Ashe-Nadrowski and Davis in the upcoming mayoral contest.
“The current administration has lost its way and Nadrowski is part of it,” Alonso said in a statement to the Bayonne Community News. “She rubber-stamped everything Jimmy wanted. The council approves contracts, and she was the one who approved the garbage contract, and has done nothing about our water.”
Alonso is referencing the current garbage contract with A + L Disposal LLC, which was given to an alleged donor although the city said the gift was rescinded. Ashe-Nadrowski was actually the only member of the council to abstain from voting for the contract. Regardless, Alonso continued to hammer at both Davis and Ashe-Nadrowski.
“These two are both two-faced hypocrites, and now she’s pretending to be different after 8 years,” Alonso said. “Give us a break. There loyalty is to their donors – not Bayonne. After all, they collected $600,000, and we are not stupid. You don’t get that kind of money without something being expected in return.”
First elected in 2017, Alonso lost his reelection in 2020 amid controversy regarding his remarks following the police killing of George Floyd that many saw as racist. He is a registered Republican, having previously ran for the board under the slogan “Make Bayonne Great Again.”
Now he is running in Bayonne again, this time for mayor: “Bayonne needs a real choice, and after careful consideration, I decided to run for mayor. I’m doing this for the people I grew up with, their families and the town I love. Taxes will go down, jobs will come, we will fix our water crisis while creating more parking. It’s time to clean house.”
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