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.
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?