West Hudson pols endorse DeGise for County Exec more than a year before he’s up for re-election


Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise accepted the endorsements of Harrison Mayor James Fife, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith, Freeholder Al Cifelli and several other local leaders in West Hudson this week.

This comes on the heels of the recent endorsements of Mayor and State Sen. Nick Sacco and Mayor and State Sen. Brian Stack and continues the growing groundswell of support for DeGise.

The event was held at the at the Harrison Parking Deck, which provides parking for the new Red Bull Arena and renovated Harrison PATH station and was developed by the Hudson County Improvement Authority which is playing a vital role in the economic revitalization of the area.

“I’m very honored and humbled to receive the endorsements of these mayors and local leaders here in West Hudson,” said DeGise, who is running for re-election in 2015. “My job as county executive is to help these mayors do theirs, to provide them the county resources they need and assist them in serving their communities. I am excited to see the growing support for my campaign and I believe that it stems from the good work I have done with these men and women fighting for their residents and communities.”

DeGise pointed to the site of the press conference, in the midst of the burgeoning Harrison Redevelopment Project, as a particular point of pride in his administration. Under the DeGise’s leadership the HCIA built the parking garage complex and helped finance the construction of the soccer stadium, which act as anchors in the area’s rebirth.

“I couldn’t be prouder to lend my voice to saying he need Tom next year, and we in Harrison are 100 percent dedicated to keeping him in the job,” said Harrison Mayor James Fife, who hosted the press conference.

“We are grateful for having the county executive on our team,” East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith said. “The help Tom has given us with our seniors has been nothing short of spectacular. He helped refurbish our senior center, helps with our lunch program and has always been there when we have needed him.”

“It’s an honor to be here endorsing Tom DeGise wholeheartedly. He’s the right person for the right office and the important redevelopment project we are standing in that could not have happened without him is evidence of that,” Kearny Mayor Al Santos said. “Sometimes we are the forgotten portion of the county, but never with Tom DeGise.”

“Harrison’s redevelopment is alive and well and it could not have happened without the help of the county and Tom DeGise,” Freeholder Al Cifelli said. “Tom has been a great friend of West Hudson and he has stood shoulder to shoulder with leaders like the late Ray McDonough to make projects like this happen. Tom is an excellent county executive and I am proud to support him.”

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