Selective Sign Enforcement?
Zero tolerance or selective enforcement?
That’s been the debate about how the city handles which election signs come down and which are left up. Today’s Hoboken411 Reader Mail comes from GOPrincess, who complains about how dozens of (Hoboken resident) Jon Corzine campaign signs are allowed to stay up in a city that supposedly has a zero tolerance law on this kind of thing. Funny how Corzine and Menendez signs never seem to be torn down…
I’m a reform-minded Republican living in the fourth ward who happily voted for Dawn Zimmer when she first ran for council. I would have voted for anybody against the Democratic machine candidate she was challenging. I cheered when I saw her signs in my neighborhood, and grumbled as they were taken down by Mayor Roberts’ and Chris Campos’ goons almost as fast as they went up. I was surprised when during her Mayoral campaign Dawn’s supporters made an issue of her opponents’ signs on poles. I guess she changed her mind on the issue.
Now it looks like she changed her mind again, because as acting Mayor, Dawn Zimmer is letting Governor Jon Corzine’s signs litter our neighborhood. First the Democrats sent in teams to bind blue Corzine/Weinberg signs to our light poles on Newark Street and Observer Highway. Now a new batch of anti-Chris Christie signs are all over our neighborhood. Some hang just a few doors down from Ms. Zimmer’s condo on Madison St.
When I called the city to complain about the Corzine/Weinberg signs they humored me and did nothing. Now I wonder how long these new Bush signs will be allowed to hang. Some say it’s free speech to put these signs up. If that’s the case then there shouldn’t be selective enforcement of the law. As acting Mayor, Ms. Zimmer can dispatch city employees to take these signs down. Will she do it, or only have them take her opponents’ signs down? How long will the Corzine signs stay up?
Thanks for doing a great job keeping these politicians on their toes!
Makes you think about that time when resident Donna Antonucci went nuts, furiously ripping down other politician’s signs during one of the previous Mayoral elections this year…