By Darryl R. Isherwood | May 22nd, 2013 - 7:21pm
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Add U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's name to the list of Democrats around the state unhappy with the choice of Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell as state party chairman. 

A source close to the senator from Hudson County said Menendez is in agreement with Senate President Steve Sweeney that O'Donnell, also from Hudson County, should not head the party.

Menendez lost faith in O'Donnell last year when state Sen. Nia Gill challenged Donald Payne Jr. in a primary to succeed Payne's father in Congress.  Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman Mark Smith backed Gill, against the wishes of Menendez, who backed Payne.

O'Donnell is Smith's top lieutenant, putting him on the wrong side of Menendez.

O'Donnell, and presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono, are facing heavy opposition to O'Donnell's ascension to lead the state party.  Sweeney has been the most vocal opponent but others in the party have weighed in in opposition as well.  

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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