Hoboken Political Bites – 9/30/2009
More taste, less filling
Well, Wednesday morning’s Breakfast Nuggets are all political tater tots infused with more Mayoral flavor to keep you informed, without all the clutter!
Glatt Gets Going
Ex-Cammarano council slate member Mike Novak is hosting a private “Meet Kim Glatt” event at his office Saturday morning.
Word on the street is Glatt’s Mayoral ambitions are also supported by former Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons and ex-Mayor David Roberts.
Also heard that State Senator Brian Stack’s ex-wife Katia is running Glatt’s campaign, though she hasn’t been in contact yet.
Mason Makes Moves
Mason was also honored last week for her dedication to the cause of government transparency by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government:
“Mason, a noted open government advocate, was presented with a plaque during the meeting in recognition of her pioneering role as a statewide leader in the battle for open government… “Beth Mason took on the leadership of the NJFOG at a critical time in our history. The organization played a key role in passing the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) in 2002, but getting it enforced and changing New Jersey’s closed door political culture was turning out to be an even greater challenge,” said Baehr, a former reporter for the Star-Ledger and journalism professor at Rutgers.”
Brinkman’s Brand C
Quick! Name a political party with even fewer Hoboken members than the Republicans. Nathan Brinkman was given the endorsement of the state Conservative Party for his run for Hoboken Mayor yesterday. From NJCP Party Chairman Stephen Spinosa’s press release:
“Having known Nathan for about a year through our mutual involvement with the Lonegan gubernatorial campaign, I have found Nathan to be a solid individual with excellent organizational & leadership skills. I believe that the solvency, security & prosperity of the citizens of Hoboken can BEST be served by electing Nathan Brinkman as Mayor in November 2009.”
Spinosa also said Brinkman would “transform Hoboken once more into a shining city on a hill.” Could he have used a Ronald Reagan reference that wasn’t so geographically inaccurate? We also hear Brinkman’s campaign is phone polling Hoboken voters to see if they would vote for a “Conservative Republican.”
Speaking of President Reagan, did you know he visited the 1984 St. Ann’s Feast on a campaign swing through Hoboken with Frank Sinatra? They landed in a helicopter on the Stevens campus. True story!
POG Meeting Tonight
Hoboken’s People for Open Government will hold its annual reorganization meeting at tonight at the home of Helen Hirsch – 98 Park, Apt 4P. President Eric Kurta says doors open at 6pm for those who wish to engage in pre-meeting chit-chat (see agenda):
“As we do every September, we will collect $25 for annual membership. Members in good standing for more than three months can be nominated for board membership. Board nominations are voted on by the general membership. The new board will then select its executive committee for the coming year (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary).”
That’s it for now – all of today’s political updates in one easy-to-swallow