DiVincenzo doesn't rule out future run for governor
By Max Pizarro | August 19th, 2013 - 11:17am
| More

BELLEVILLE – Joe DiVincenzo insists nothing’s really amiss in the grand scheme with him and South Jersey power boss George Norcross III, but pointed out through the current turbulence that he has close ties to the Republican governor and others.

“I’ve got (alliances with) Menendez, Cory, Payne and the governor, what more do I need?” asked the powerful county executive, as he strolled along Washington Avenue here with a Chris Christie caravan.

“I had close ties to McGreevy and Corzine and now Christie,” he said. “Governors. My concern is the budget and how it impacts Essex County, because my thing is putting Essex first.”

Despite his own close ties to the GOP leader, Norcross was miffed when DiVincenzo actually publicly backed Christie for governor with an endorsement.

PolitickerNJ.com first reported last week on Joe D’s absence from a dinner conference of Democrats organized by Norcross, who flew to the Monmouth County event via copter.

DiVincenzo wouldn’t deny the two power players have mussed each other’s hair behind the scenes, but said it’s family – or almost family.

“Look, George and I are friends. Do you occasionally fight with your wife?”

The executive walked with Christie days after appearing with the governor to announce another initiative in Harrison, and a couple of weeks after a double-teaming of the Ironbound.

Asked if he was doing enough on behalf of the governor, he said, “Are you kidding? Of course.”

Democrats say DiVincenzo’s coziness with Christie has tomahawked the chances of Speaker Sheila Oliver, (D-34), Essex of retaining the speakership.

DiVincenzo disagrees.

“If she wants it, it’s hers,” he said.

As for his own future plans amid back chatter about how he’s killed his own potential to scale the political totem pole statewide, DiVincenzo said, in response to a question, “I have not ruled out a (2017) run for governor.”  

Collecting an endorsement from the Hispanic Merchants Association, Christie, standing with DiVincenzo and Belleville Mayor Ray Kimble, said, "Compromise is not a dirty word. This is about putting the people of the state first and politics second." 

The Back Room

Asbury Park Press corrects Williams error in Christie report

The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing. Wrap up your work. Do your job." - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Should the Joint Legisaltive Committee investigating Bridgegate 'wrap it up?':

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources