Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Secaucus Mayor Joins Dems, Others To Back Christie

Adding to the broad-based support he has received in his campaign for reelection, Governor Christie today was endorsed by registered Democrat and elected Independent Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, as well as all six members of the Secaucus Town Council, bringing the Governor’s total support from Democrat elected officials to forty-three. The councilmembers include Deputy Mayor John Bueckner, Councilman James Clancy, Councilman Robert Contantino, Councilman Gary Jeffas, Councilman William McKeever, and Councilwoman Susan Pirro (all of the councilmembers are registered Democrats with the exception of Councilman Bueckner).

"Throughout the past three and a half years Governor Christie has demonstrated outstanding leadership working with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to find broad-based solutions to some of our state's most complex issues. The Governor and those in his administration understand our concerns and have worked with us in an effective, bipartisan manner," said Michael Gonnelli. "It is because of the great working relationship the Town of Secaucus has with the Governor and his untiring efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that I am publicly announcing that I and all the members of the Secaucus Town Council intend to vote to reelect Governor Chris Christie."

Secaucus, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 50 percentage points, was carried by President Obama in 2012 by 23 percentage points and also by former Governor Jon Corzine in 2009 by 16 percentage points. Mayor Gonnelli, along with five of the six members of the Secaucus Town Council, are registered Democrats, and all six were elected to office together on a "Take Back Secaucus" Independent slate.

Governor Christie has received broad support from Democrat elected officials in Hudson County including Harrison Mayor Raymond McDonough, all eight members of the Harrison Town Council, and State Senator Brian Stack.

"I'm grateful to Mayor Gonnelli and the folks on the Secaucus Town Council for their support in this campaign and their partnership in getting real things done for the people who elected us. Today stands as another bright example of the bipartisan approach we've adopted with local officials up and down the state and the progress we have made, particularly here in Hudson County," said Governor Christie. "It takes courage of one's convictions to stand up with someone of the opposite party because you know it's the right thing to do. I thank the Mayor and every one of the councilmembers here for displaying that courage, for their friendship, and for their support today.

To date, forty-three Democrat elected officials have endorsed Governor Christie for reelection, including: State Senator Brian Stack, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren, Belleville Mayor Ray Kimble, Bloomfield Mayor Ray McCarthy, Glen Ridge Mayor Peter Hughes, Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez, Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis, Burlington City Mayor Jim Fazzone, Manville Mayor Angelo Corradino, Chesilhurst Mayor Michael Blunt, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, Harrison City Council members Laurence M. Bennett, Jesus R. Huaranga, James Doran, Victor Villalta, Carol Mandaglio, Michael Dolaghan, Francisco Nascimento, and Anselmo Millan, Garfield Deputy Mayor Tana Raymond, Belleville Town Council members Steve Rovell and Michael Nicosia, Glen Ridge Council President Stuart Patrick and Councilman David Lefkovitz, Point Pleasant Borough Mayor William Schroeder, Spring Lake Mayor Jennifer Naughton, Spring Lake Council President Janice Venables, Spring Lake Council members Bob Drasheff and Priscilla Reilly and Union City Commissioners Tilo Rivas, Lucio Fernandez, Maryury Martinetti, and Celin Valdivia, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, and Secaucus Town Councilmembers James Clancy, Robert Contantino, Gary Jeffas, William McKeever, and Susan Pirro.

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