Big donors to expected-to-win-big Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy show a heavy Hudson County influence and names you may remember
Disgraced former governor James McGreevey, who resigned in 2004 and now works for Hudson County, gave Murphy $500 on May 15th.
North Bergen is just one degree of separation away from Murphy’s possible lieutenant governor running mate. Frank Huttle of the firm Hudson Capital Properties (and also the politically connected Bergen County law firm DeCotiis, Cole) gave the maximum $4,300 allowed by state law. Huttle is the Englewood mayor and also married to Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, who in turn is the older sister of Anthony Vainieri Jr., the chairman of the Hudson County Board of Freeholders and chief of staff to State Senator Nicholas Sacco. The Vaineris are the children of former North Bergen commissioner Anthony Vainieri Sr.
Former Union City Mayor Raul “Rudy” Garcia, an attorney, also gave $4,300.
One other name, not a Hudson connection but a New Jersey connection, stands out.
Nationally-known lawyer Theodore “Ted” Wells of the Paul Weiss law firm gave $4,300. Wells has in the past represented former Vice Presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby, former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer and former New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli, and been hired by the National Football League to investigate the “Deflategate” scandal involving the New England Patriots. Wells is a resident of Livingston, NJ