This past week has been a trying and difficult time, as two local mayors launched a surprise attack on my candidacy for re-election as your County Executive and plunged Hudson County into chaos and political turmoil. But it’s also been an inspiring and exciting week, as so many friends and Democratic leaders I have had the honor to work with for many years decided to support me – I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
I didn’t ask for this fight, but I’m not backing down because the people of Hudson County deserve a representative who has their best interests at heart, not a political agenda focused only on grabbing power and influence.
This will not be an easy campaign, but nothing easy is really worth doing anyway. I am proud to have already announced the support of seven of Hudson County’s 12 mayors including Senator and Mayor Nicholas Sacco of North Bergen and Mayor Jimmy Davis of Bayonne, as well as my friend U.S. Representative Albio Sires. Later, they were joined by the first members of our new “Jersey City for DeGise” committee, which includes Councilmen Rich Boggiano and Michael Yun, former mayor Jerry Healy and several other important community leaders. We’ve also been joined by Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez and three members of the West New York Board of Commissioners. They will be joined by other supporters we will be announcing soon.
I’m asking for your support in this campaign, and for you to please spread the word that we’re not backing down from this fight. You can read more about how this started and why two mayors decided to create a political war in this story from the Jersey Journal.
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise has been endorsed by the New Jersey State Association of Pipe Trades, which represents over 10,000 members throughout the state.
“County Executive Tom DeGise has been a friend to the NJ Pipe Trades since he was first elected. He has always stood by the hardworking men and women of the NJ Pipe Trades and today we are proud to stand by him,” said Eric Boyce, Legislative Chairman of the State Association and Business Manager of Plumbers Local 24.
“Tom has been a true advocate for organized labor and working families with an outstanding record to back it up. He has never wavered from his vision for Hudson County. His commitment to economic growth and investment has made Hudson County one of the premier places to work and live in New Jersey and the metropolitan area”.
Consisting of Plumbers, Steamfitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Pipefitters and HVAC Technicians, the Association’s support is reflective of a strong record on economic development, job training and creation, and supporting key issues in New Jersey.
“I believe the time has never been more critical to stand up for working families and our friends in organized labor,” said County Executive DeGise. “We are working together to continue moving Hudson County forward and I am proud to have received the pipe trades endorsement and support in my campaign for re-election.”
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise was honored to be a featured speaker at the Jersey City Police Detective's Benevolent Association's "Walk to Remember" benefit event recently. Tom spoke about the tragic loss of officers both nationally and locally, specifically the death of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, in a heartfelt speech that is available below. The "Walk to Remember" event was attended by over 400 police officers and supporters and was intended to raise money to support the families of fallen officers. It was held on January 17th amid frigid temperatures in Liberty State Park.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer became the 11th Hudson County local leader to endorse County Executive Tom DeGise at a ceremony held recently. Standing in the recently-opened 14th Street Viaduct County Park, Mayor Zimmer spoke about the strong partnership that has developed between her administration and the County Executive and how it has benefitted the residents of Hoboken in the form of new and improved county parks, open space grants and many other programs and initiatives.Read more
Over 500 supporters poured into Jersey City's Liberty House to celebrate Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and get behind his campaign for re-election. The event raised over $125,000 for the campaign, the most successful fundraiser Tom has ever held. Watch this video to see some of the action, including speeches by Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Congressman Albio Sires and North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nick Sacco:Read more
The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), the 25,000-member political powerhouse in New Jersey, offered its endorsement of Thomas A. DeGise for re-election as Hudson County Executive. The union cited DeGise’s work to grow the local economy and create good-paying middle class jobs for Hudson County residents.
LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Raymond M. Pocino was effusive in his praise of the County Executive. “Tom DeGise brought integrity and trust to the office of county executive when it was deeply needed. He brought new ideas and effective leadership to help reform and improve government service in Hudson County, and he helped foster an environment that attracted businesses and created jobs,” said Pocino.Read more
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis became the tenth Hudson County Mayor to endorse County Executive Tom DeGise for re-election in a recent ceremony. Watch the endorsement right here!
West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff joined the growing movement of support for Tom DeGise by endorsing the County Executive in a press conference held last week at Hudson County Community College's North Hudson Campus in Union City. Watch the video of the event right here!
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise received the endorsement today of Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, continuing the groundswell of support behind his re-election bid. Mayor Gonnelli is the sixth Hudson County mayor to publicly support the County Executive’s campaign and more endorsement events will be forthcoming.
“Our County Executive Tom DeGise is always there when we need him, and has never forgotten Secaucus,” said Mayor Gonnelli. “He has been instrumental in getting some of our roads paved, facilities improved and helping to secure Community Development Block Grants for Secaucus. Tom doesn’t care about votes, he cares about people.”
Gonnelli went on to say “As long as Tom DeGise runs for County Executive, he will always have my support.”Read more
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise was endorsed by elected leaders from West Hudson this week, including Kearny Mayor Al Santos, Harrison Mayor James Fife, East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith, Freeholder Al Cifelli and more. Check out this video of the event and share it with your friends!