Mayoral Mobocracy?

7/27/2009:

One Hoboken411 reader sent me this link to a video shot during Saturday’s protest at Mayor Peter Cammarano’s home at 11th and Bloomfield.

A “Mobocracy?”

This weekend’s gathering had several dozen residents assemble in front of Mayor Cammarano’s home – urging him to resign in wake of the bribery charges against him. They held large signs and made many chants. The protest caused police to shut the street down for about an hour, and peacefully dispersed soon therafter. However, long time Hoboken resident Margaret O’Brien showed up by herself, with an unassuming sign that read “Mobocracy.”

O’Brien felt that the protest was more of a “lynch mob” and wished that people would allow the court of law to determine the final outcome. As you can see from the video – she was overwhelmed with angry opponents (who all spoke simultaneously) – and it appears that one protester was a bit jealous that Margaret was actually getting camera time. It makes you wonder what the motive was behind the protest. Was it genuine anger? Or just politically arranged attention?

PS – I have no problem with peaceful public assembly. Did it need to be done in front of his house? Probably not (but Bloomfield is nicer than downtown Washington).

Many residents have said that they want Cammarano to step down because “he will not be able to focus on the problems of the city,” which may be a fair argument – or not. It’s quite possible that rather than waiting for the judicial system to sort this whole mess out – they want to “fast track” the candidate they supported into the top position at city hall. Considering 49% of the voters chose Zimmer – it’s not surprising they wish she was Mayor now. So unless Peter decides to take a plea sooner rather than later – they’re going to have to wait. It’s the letter of the law. Frustrating for them, but that’s how Cammarano is playing his hand at the moment.

It can be said that, even though Cammarano has all these charges against him – he’s technically in “the drivers seat” when it comes to the short-term Hoboken political landscape.

When do you think this whole debacle will be resolved?

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168 Comments on "Mayoral Mobocracy?"

estevens
Member

newsflash! when you get to heaven, i’m pretty sure there’s no 411!!

Let us know if they have it in hell, Mr. Finn.

mickey finn
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mickey finn

you see now, i was being nice and estevens and springtime had to ruin it. so, lets see, as far as there being 411 in hell… why don’t you two just ask your mothers to let ya know. damn, i said i wasn’t coming back so fast! let me get out of here b4 i start having no life.

In response to estevens who said:
newsflash! when you get to heaven, i’m pretty sure there’s no 411!!

Let us know if they have it in hell, Mr. Finn.

estevens
Member

What did the protests accomplish? They’ve got the old Hoboken kleptocracy’s panties in a twist. That’s gotta be worth something.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

just annoying a person such as yourself is reward enough!

CalGard
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CalGard

While many protesters never supported Peter Cammarano during his campaign and election, many others did. Certainly Peter showed disdain for much of the community – even his unfailing Italian, Hispanic and Senior voters not to mention those he would eagerly crush. This has stirred the pot of emotion.

But much of the protest is not an emotional and personal attack on Cammarano who was arrested for committing great crimes; but rather the only effective recourse for a populous that is fed up with criminal behavior by elected officials, and the stubborn refusal of this official to resign and act for the good of Hoboken for once.

brian_g
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brian_g

I see Matt is still his prick-self.

I really don’t care enough to waste my time with you. Sure, Matt, you win. You can, in certain cases, protest without a permit. Yay for you!

strand tramp
Member
strand tramp

and this from the poster voted “most likely to argue for 4 f’ng days over nothing.”
you are pathetic and are unable to admit when you are wrong, ever. that is a character weakness boy. grow up.

In response to brian_g who said:
I see Matt is still his prick-self.

I really don’t care enough to waste my time with you. Sure, Matt, you win. You can, in certain cases, protest without a permit. Yay for you!

matt_72
Member

Brian, if you stopped potnificating about stuff you are clueless on maybe you wouldn’t get proven wrong just about every other time you post. It isn’t certain cases, it is pretty much any frigging time you want to march or protest on a sidewalk. That is why there are so many small protests all over the frigging place.

Better to be a prick than a fool.

In response to brian_g who said:
I see Matt is still his prick-self.

I really don’t care enough to waste my time with you. Sure, Matt, you win. You can, in certain cases, protest without a permit. Yay for you!

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