Christie’s slap at Sacco

It can’t be Ray McDonough, he belongs to Nick Sacco, a Hudson County Democratic Party source told PolitickerNJ.com last night.

But sure enough, this morning, before the Chamber Walk to Washington, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough, a veteran Democrat, issued his formal endorsement of Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

“Sacco’s got him before a firing squad right now,” the source cracked, as Democrats speculated that McDonough folded for Christie in part because his town depends on transitional aid.

Mild worry set in that other mayors will jockey for the same attention going forward.

But McDonough’s endorsement this morning put an exclamation point on the governor’s ongoing public criticism of state Sen. Nick Sacco (D-32), the powerbroker from North Bergen, strongest mayor in the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s (HCDO) constellation of mayors, and avowed political enemy of Christie’s ally, state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-33) from neighboring Union City.

"The governor still has to come to bat."
—Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, on Atlantic City.