Councilman Sal Gullace will not seek re-election

Gullace said he will still be involved in the community, "just not from a political position"

Bayonne’s Second Ward City Councilman Sal Gullace announced on Feb. 2 he will not seek re-election. The move comes after Mayor James Davis told Gullace he would not be on his council slate in the upcoming May 10 municipal election, although Gullace successfully ran with Davis in 2014 and 2018.

Prior to this, it had been alleged that Davis would drop Gullace from his 2022 ticket, despite Davis stating otherwise at the time. Now, with campaign season in full swing, things have obviously changed.

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‘A difficult decision’

Gullace told the Bayonne Community News that while he was looking to run again on Team Davis, after he was booted from the mayor’s slate he has made the “difficult decision” against continuing.

“I originally pulled my petitions to run for re-election under the impression I was still with the Davis team,” Gullace said. “After finding out I was replaced and knowing how very difficult and physical campaigning is I have decided not to run for re-election. This was a difficult decision.”

Gullace added he would not be involved in any municipal campaigns for the upcoming election, for now.

“At this time I will not be participating in any campaigns or endorsing any candidates,” he said.

But that may change, he told BCN: “Right now, it all depends on what happens from here. But right now, I’m not doing anything.”

Having suffered a traumatic leg injury while on his job with the Hudson County Improvement Authority, Gullace is nearly fully recovered, walking without a cane, and will focus on that.

“I will take this time to continue my healing process. I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support.”

Not going anywhere

However, that won’t be the last Bayonne has heard or seen of Gullace.

“I will always be involved with my community just not from a political position,” Gullace said. “I enjoy helping my constituents, friends and neighbors and will continue to do so.”

In terms of his replacement, Gullace said Jackie Weimmer will apparently be be joining Davis’ slate instead seeking the Second Ward City Council seat. However, Davis has yet to make an official announcement.

“He said for months it wasn’t true,” Gullace said of Weimmer replacing him on Davis’ ticket. “But it’s true.”

In a statement following the Gullace’s removal from the slate, 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, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa, and City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez to his council slate for this election, while mayoral challenger City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski has yet to unveil a ticket. Former Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso is also running for mayor but has not yet announced any slate either.

Running independently of council slates for City Councilmember At-Large seats are Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Denis Wilbeck and Bayonne businesswoman Carissa Lintao.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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