Washington Park Association President Set to Kick Off Campaign for Assembly Seat on Saturday

Washington Park Association President Peter Basso is set to kick off his campaign for the 33rd legislative district’s assembly seat this Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Trolley Car Bar in Jersey City (328 Palisades Avenue).

The announcement comes less than a year since current 33rd district Assemblyman Sean Connors was voted into office, a decision Basso, a lawyer and civil rights advocate, says was motivated by what he argues he can offer through his professional and volunteer experience.

“Connors is a nice guy, a community guy” said Basso, “but I just think I bring a different set of skills to the table.”

Licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, Basso has represented employees in worker-rights cases including questions of discrimination and unpaid wages and benefits, as well as for marriage equality for same-sex couples.

“I feel like a movement is going on in Jersey City, where there are a number of candidates running against the current administration,” he said, referring to the mayoral race in which Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop is challenging Mayor Jerramiah Healy. Connors endorsed Healy when he announced the launch of his campaign website, MayorHealy.com. “And people who are going to be running on the local-level for change are going to need like-minded people on the state-level as well.”

“Whether reformers win or the Healy administration is given another go, we’re going to face the same problems in terms of lack of funding. We’re going to need someone at the state-level who will fight for the middle-class and working-class families of Jersey City.”

As the WPA head, Basso has worked for volunteer-based garbage pick-up efforts and sat as a moderator for a Heights-based forum during last November’s At-Large Council election.

Though only a resident of Jersey City for three years, Basso says feedback from the Heights-community has motivated his run for office.

“People are craving better representation,” he said. “The response from the community has been electric.”

How electric? Find out Saturday when he makes his decision official.

Matt Hunger

is a former staff writer for the Jersey City Independent.