Men wearing FBI jackets in City Hall did nothing to stop the stampede of Brian P. Stack supporters and would-be supporters who last night attended a fundraiser for the mayor's civic association.
Among those spotted in the jam-packed crowd were next year's two most visible contenders for the Jersey City mayor's seat: incumbent Mayor Jerry Healy and Downtown Councilman Steve Fulop.
A staunch member of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO), Healy appears to be Stack's natural antagonist in the developing mayoral war.
But sources close to Stack say he and Fulop are likewise not a natural fit.
The fact that Stack has not yet picked a candidate makes state Sen. Sandy Cunningham's (D-31) flirtation with her own mayoral run that much more intriguing from a Stack standpoint.
Even that pairing is far from perfect for Stack, who has fought his share of political wars with state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20). Lesniak is right now Cunningham's most substantial party ally outside Jersey City.
The bottom line is that Stack is still nursing his options, and Healy, in attendance, knows Stack is not yet settled.
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