It’s volatile in Hudson County ahead of next year’s legislative elections.
Against the backdrop of a developing 2013 mayor’s race, City Hall sources said the two assemblymen in the 33rd District won’t return to Trenton next year, regardless of who wins the mayoral contest.
The 31st District will also lose a sitting assemblyman, according to another source.
The source told PolitickerNJ.com the HCDO has every intention of giving Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31) the heave-ho.
Another source confirmed that, saying the assemblyman "raises no money, offers no ground support and is not a giant in Trenton."
As for Assemblyman Sean Connors (D-33), Mayor Jerry Healy cemented Connors into a bid to become the next Ward D councilman, the first source said.
A cop with a big community service profile, Connors on the ticket would shore up Healy in the mayor’s pursuit of a third term, this time against Councilman Steve Fulop, said the source.
Who runs in place of Mainor and Connors will be determined in part by who wins the mayor's race in May and developing alliances.
It's not unusual to see turnout in Hudson of this nature. Another Democrat, speaking on condition of anonymity, noted the tendency of Hudson County assembly people to have short shelf lives, subject to county battles.
Hudson County sources told PolitickerNJ.com that Assemblyman Ruben Ramos (D-33) won’t seek re-election, opting instead to run against Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Ramos later told PolitickerNJ.com he has every intention of returning to the assembly where - if he runs for mayor - he can challenge Zimmer from elected office.
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"It's incredible, it's a dream. I would never have imagined that I would be running for mayor, but to have Ken Gibson say that, I didn't expect it. Having Ken Gibson on my side is the ultimate reference check. It's the ultimate in street credibility. Mr. Gibson said it, when he was running for mayor, people said that they weren't ready, but Mr. Gibson said 'ready or not, here I come.' I think that's apropos for my campaign. Newark is ready for this." Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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