Carol Marsh Retrospective

Carol Marsh in Hoboken: A political life in fliers

5/11/2009:

I spent some time looking back at the Hoboken411 posts of the candidates for Council-at-Large and was surprised when I realized I never got around to putting the spotlight on Carol Marsh.

Time is short, so this will be kind of a “picture essay” of her political career. You probably know Marsh is on Dawn Zimmer’s slate and has been on the council once before. She was “plucked” from obscurity in 2001 to be the lone female candidate on Dave Roberts’ first Mayoral ticket. They were elected with the full weight of the Hudson County Democratic Organization – and then-State Senator Bernie Kenny – behind them.

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Then what was Carol Marsh all about?

By 2003 Marsh was persuaded to “break” from Roberts and support a group of council candidates that were weren’t happy with the way he was running the city. Among them, Beth Mason in the second ward and Ines Garcia-Keim in the fifth. Every one of them lost. In 2005, Marsh ran against Roberts for Mayor. Mason was her campaign chair and Garcia-Keim was on her council slate. They attacked the HCDO as the “county machine” that was ruining Hoboken. In response, the machine returned fire:

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Roberts beat Marsh by over 1500 votes in the 2005 runoff. Carol disappeared from public view, but her political mentor Michael Lenz was already planning a comeback with the HCDO. Marsh came along for the ride, and agreed to rejoin the machine for a run for State Assembly. The same political flier maker who did the Roberts ads against her in 2005 did this ad for Marsh in 2007:

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Marsh’s return to the HCDO and Mason’s decision to run her own city council campaign independent of them opened a schism between the two. Meanwhile, Marsh ran with the support of Dave Roberts and Bernie Kenny, and stood with them to endorse Frank Raia:

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Many were shocked Marsh would again cozy up to Roberts. After she lost the Assembly race Marsh was made Vice Chairwoman of the HCDO. According to Dawn Zimmer’s deposition, Marsh was involved in getting HCDO support for Zimmer’s council race. Now, it’s Marsh who is on Zimmer’s ticket opposing the Mason Team effort chaired by Garcia-Keim, who may be appointed to the Second Ward seat if Mason wins the race for Mayor. That’s the Marsh story in a nutshell!

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moproteus
6 years 8 months ago

You are judged by the company you keep. What makes someone think Beth will do a turnaround on any Russo? She owes them too much. Her campaign manager admitted to a friend of mine that they put those people on the slate for one reason and one reason only–to get the B and R vote.

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6 years 8 months ago

Exactly why Beth is not getting my vote the Russo connection and the Church Towers Vote. Plus the whole Cammarano article last week and his subsequent rebuttle really got me thinking about things I may have referred to all of the above as “events” anyway I spent a considerable amount of time over the weekend reading all my flyers, literature, talking to candidates, informed friends etc. and made my decision on who to vote for tomorrow based on what is important to me!! In response to moproteus who said: You are judged by the company you keep. What makes someone… Read more »

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strand tramp
6 years 8 months ago

hey STPG, what if mason only voted on the CT decision because it was going that way regardless of how she voted, and it’s all part of the plan to use the russo backing to land in the mayors office, THEN she shows her true colors by cutting, chopping, hacking all the dead wood and making available 100% of the city’s finances and agreements and deals etc etc…what if that is the plan? after all, you cannot make any changes if you don’t win the office! i don’t have any idea if that is the plan. just throwin’ it out… Read more »

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brian_g
6 years 8 months ago

I really don’t care much for the endless attacks on Mike Russo.

Mike isn’t his father.

Does anyone have anything positive to say about the candidate they support rather than attacking the candidates they don’t support?

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strand tramp
6 years 8 months ago

wasn’t mike russo the head of the finance committee of the city council during the roberts administration? should he have not been more vigilant in policing the city finances during roberts? or perhaps more aggressive in demanding a city budget that was 10mos overdue? and that was 6 mos late every year for the last 3-4yrs? and does he not share in the benefit of the family beach house? and did he not get a big CT rent controlled apt as a result of his father’s previous political relationships in hoboken? is he not seated on the council because of… Read more »

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SmartyJones
6 years 8 months ago

+1 and not sure how you would describe the scene where this woman Mary is pushing the idea of a park being well a park. And Russo explodes at her because she said several times, “It’s a park.” I must have watched it 10 times and she was hilarious. This explosion of yelling at the woman over her advocating grass instead of turf. Anyone who saw that clip, it’s classic. And it says a whole lot about him. I won’t say the word but if you think of a certain awesome Italian goalkeeper from Italy’s World Cup team that’ll be… Read more »

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JollyRoger
6 years 8 months ago

Colin, Journey, Katie, moproteus: the fact that Russos support Beth in this election does not mean she has made any “back door” deals with them. And moproteus: what makes you say that Mason “hangs out” with Russos? Let’s go a step further: Brian Stack was supporting Mason, but he also was supporting Chris Campos, whose campaign manager two years ago was Cammarano. By transitivity, does this mean that Mason supports Cammarano? I know that people like Tony Soares would want you to believe such nonsense, but Tony is simply jealous of Mason, since she is much more capable of getting… Read more »

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6 years 8 months ago

Mike isn’t his father but the whole family still owns quite a bit of real estate purchased when is father was in power. Shoot, if the man had been an honest politician & not been taking in $ under the table, he would have had to sell off some assets to pay his gambling debts. So it is fair to say the family at bare minimum benefitted indirectly from his illegal activities if only because they still own all that real estate.

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