Sires to run for WNY mayor; Rodriguez to run for assembly

Statewide legislative redistricting has led to a leadership shuffle in Hudson County

Outgoing Rep. Albio Sires of the 8th Congressional District is strongly considering running for mayor in West New York in 2023.

Sires first broke the news in an interview with the New Jersey Globe. The move follows the 71-year-old politician’s announced retirement from Congress earlier this year. If elected, Sires would take on the job he held prior to entering the House of Representatives back in 2006. Meanwhile, Robert Menendez Jr., the son of U.S. Senator from New Jersey Robert Menendez, has the establishment’s backing in the June 7 primary for Sires’ old seat.

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And that’s not all. Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, the current mayor of West New York, will run for the Democratic nomination for the State Assembly the new 33rd Legislative District in 2023, according to the Globe. Statewide legislative redistricting shifted North Hudson from the 32nd Legislative District to the 33rd, which in 2024 will include North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken, Guttenberg, West New York, and Secaucus.

Rodriguez will replace incumbent Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez of West New York, who currently represents the old 32nd Legislative District and whose seat shifts to the new 33rd district. He apparently already has the backing of Union City Mayor and State Senator for the old 33rd Legislative District Brian Stack, as well as Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken. This corresponds with West New York picking one assembly seat and the other coming from North Bergen.

Stack will run for the new 33rd Legislative District, currently occupied by State Senator for the old 32nd Legislative District Nicholas Sacco. Sacco will retire instead of face off against Stack in a primary, but will seek re-election as North Bergen mayor in 2023.

Meanwhile. North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco is currently the top choice for the other assembly new seat in the 33nd Legislative District. That seat is currently held by Assemblyman Pedro Mejia of Secaucus as part of the old 32nd Legislative District. It is not clear what is next for Jimenez or Mejia.

As for the new 32nd Legislative District, hours after the new map was adopted Assemblyman Raj Mukherji of the old 33rd Legislative District announced that he would be running for the open State Senate seat in the new 32nd district. He has already received endorsements from Stack, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

It is not clear what the fate of Mukherji’s old seat is, nor that of Assemblywoman Annette Chapparo of the old 33rd Legislative District. However, legislative redistricting has undeniably led to a shuffling of leadership in Hudson County, locally and in its state representation.

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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