ROSELLE, NJ - Ask most residents in Roselle what politician they love the most and 9 times out of 10 they will say their beloved Mayor Jamel Holley. One of the the youngest elected mayors in Roselle history.
All of that may soon change as reports by Politicker that the political stars may be aligning for Holley. Sources tell Politicker that Holley has the backing in Elizabeth, Hillside and Roselle, as well as Union County Democratic chair Jerry Green, for the job to replace Assemblyman Joe Cryan, who is now the acting Union County sheriff.
After the passing of Sheriff Froehlich, Cryan is poised to appear on the November ballot to run to fill the remainder of the late sheriff's term, which expires in 2016. This would obligate Cryan, to give up his 20th Legislative District Assembly seat in the event that he wins in November, setting up an internal party contest to succeed Cryan in the Legislature.
While names are emerging on who could fill the seat, one name keeps coming up and it is Roselle's own Mayor Jamel Holley. Will he stay or will he go?
"This is a time of mourning for a great man who meant so much to so many people, including Mayor Holley," said Phil Swibinski, Holley's spokesman. "It is not a time for politics, and that is the furthest thing from Jamel's mind right now."