Battle of the ads: Mason vs. Roberts

hoboken-beth-mason-ad-against-mayor-roberts-budget-sm2.jpg6/30/2008

It’s the battle of the full-page ads!

This week Mayor David Roberts put an ad in the weekly paper attacking Second Ward councilwoman Beth Mason, who kicked it off with her own ad last week. Mason’s ad warned Hoboken taxpayers of a “huge financial and management crisis” and accuses Roberts of refusing to do anything about it. Mason’s ad warned the Mayor’s “reckless overspending and mismanagement” has put the city on the road to years of financial turmoil. Mason’s ad also noted Roberts is about to give a million dollar retirement plan to a Police Chief “Whose mismanagement… created a national embarrassment.” Mason’s ad also noted the investigation into missing Hoboken Parking Utility funds, which the Mayor has been silent about.

hoboken-mayor-roberts-ad-against-beth-mason-sm2.jpgRoberts responds, with HCDO help

Roberts responded with an attack ad that ignores the HPU and SWAT investigations and instead tries to put the blame for the budget debacle on Mason and the City Council. The Roberts ad claims Mason hired “high priced political advisors” to engage in a “low class personal attack on Mayor Roberts”.

The irony? Judging by the signature style and typeset of the ad, it was Roberts who hired HCDO spinmeister Paul Swibinski to do a smear ad against Mason, and he doesn’t work for free.

The ad also included misleading and inaccurate statements in typical political ad style. Roberts says he is working “in cooperation with the state, working hard every single day.”

Take a look at each of them and post your thoughts in the comments section.

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79 Comments on "Battle of the ads: Mason vs. Roberts"


bri777
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bri777
8 years 2 months ago

That’s exactly the point. It doesn’t matter if Mason was a Democrat, Republican, Independant, Communist, Socialist, Libertarian… ALL THAT MATTERS IS SHE’S DEMANDING TRANSPARENCY FROM A GOVERNMENT RUN BY HOODLUMS!!!

Quit trying to cloud the issue.

elainetyger
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elainetyger
8 years 2 months ago

What difference does a party, occupation, or spousal income make when you see someone else all I’M IN UR POKKITZ STEELIN UR MONEY?

Even if my political views are vastly different from those of many of the regular posters, that doesn’t mean we all can’t agree on NOT GETTING RIPPED OFF. Unless you are very well connected, you can be sure that you will face the Giant Hammer of Retribution and the Stone Wall of Runaround if you buck the status quo or do anything that attracts the attention of the powers that be.

sanity
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sanity
8 years 2 months ago
[quote comment=”90695″]Not only do I not work for Hoboken, but I’m an attorney who doesn’t live there. Nor have I ever met your Mayor. … Mason is a hack who has nothing better to do than spend her husband’s money. … She isn’t interested in government transparency. She is interested in litigation against people she doesn’t like…. if she was reasonably intelligent, or just reasonable in general, she would find that requesting documents from city hall is a relatively easy process. No one tries to hide anything. I have done it SEVERAL times for clients, and I challenge you all to do it yourself. You can all file OPRA requests for anything you like and I guarantee they will give it to you within a reasonable time frame… if you do this, and find that I am wrong on that point, feel free to keep championing Mason and her cause…[/quote] Golly mister. If you claim to be a highfalutin, gosh darn attorney, you must be really smart, what with your bold claims, your fancy degrees, and your shiney internet “guarantee” and all. Can you please educate us ignorant folk on how, if what you’re saying is true, a judge wouldn’t find that the qualifying clause of (oh, let’s jump to the bingo machine for some completely random numbers, because, well, we may not be highfalutin attorneys) C.47:1A-6 wasn’t met, cuz we ignorant folk here can’t figure out, if what you’re saying is true, how Mason has grounds for her suits,… Read more »
MidnightRacer
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8 years 2 months ago

What’s up recently with the (mis)quote function?

yellowsubmarine
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yellowsubmarine
8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”90803″][quote comment=”90790″]it’s a ‘he’?[/quote]

I don’t think a woman would come up w/ the “better way to spend her husband’s money” arguement……..so I guessed it was a guy w/ wife who spends too much money at the shopping mall…….lol[/quote]

ohhh -good point, it sounded kind of bitchy so i got a girl vibe–

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