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Essex County exec to kick off re-election

12-9-13

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A powerful North Jersey Democrat who endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie is seeking a fourth term.

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Jr. will announce his re-election bid Monday.

The announcement at Essex County College comes five weeks after Christie won re-election by 22 points over Democrat Barbara Buono.

DiVincenzo was the highest profile Democrat to endorse the governor.

The three-term executive draws both a salary and a pension for his position, which is allowable because of a loophole in the pension system.

He’s also come under fire for allegedly using campaign funds for trips to Puerto Rico and other personal expenses.

His candidacy for re-election has been endorsed by another political powerbroker, south Jersey’s George Norcross III.