Mason: Zimmer believes in Tooth Fairy
How often do you check your spam folder? At least once a week, some Hoboken press release finds its way in there – including this one from 2nd Ward Councilwoman (and Mayoral Candidate) Beth Mason – and her reaction to Senator Paul Sarlo’s stance on the NJ Transit Development downtown.
Mason vows to fight NJ Transit Legislation
Will destroy Hoboken’s quality of life – calls Out Zimmer over naïve and misleading statements
Mason said the bill, if approved in the lame duck session of the legislature – after Election Day and before the new year – would pave the way for massive, high density, high rise development in Hoboken and other communities in which NJ Transit owns property.
The bill, S2972, is sponsored by State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who today issued a statement saying that he fully intends to push his bill through by the end of the year.
“This bill must be stopped. I am calling on the state senators in Hudson County to join with me and the people of Hoboken to defeat this legislation that has the power to destroy the quality of life of our city and many other cities and towns in this state,” said Mason.
“I will rally legislators, mayors and open government activists from throughout the state and I will go to Trenton to stop the greedy developers and the politicians who continually enable them to make millions at the expense of our communities. I will not stand for it,” said Mason
The councilwoman called the legislation “an early Christmas gift to every big developer in the state who contributes money to Trenton politicians.”
NJ Transit owns considerable property in the city, including an area along Observer Highway. The bill also gives the transit agency the power to “acquire property ” it does not yet own – which Mason said could give added impetus to the agency to condemn private property through eminent domain.
The transit agency last year presented a plan to build a massive commercial and residential development near its train station. Mason and many others oppose that development.
ZIMMER’S MISLEADING STATEMENT
Mason added that reports last week by Acting Mayor and Council President Dawn Zimmer had succeeded in getting Sen. Sarlo to withdraw the bill were: “either purposely misleading or are a demonstration of Ms. Zimmer’s naïveté when it comes to dealing with Trenton powerbrokers.”
“If Dawn Zimmer thinks she can derail a bill of this magnitude by simply talking to a state Senator, she probably also believes in the Tooth Fairy,” said Mason.
“She clearly has no understanding of how Trenton power politics works and what’s at stake when legislation such as this comes along,” said Mason.
Mason, an open government advocate, said: “Ms Zimmer should know that any bill like this — that has a powerful constituency behind it — that comes up in the lame duck session of the legislature is likely to be rammed through without the public even being aware of it.”
“The most dangerous time for New Jersey citizens is the lame duck session of the legislature. That’s when the lawmakers are safely beyond Election Day and they know people are preoccupied by the holidays,” said Mason. “Ms. Zimmer obviously doesn’t understand that.”
Mason said Zimmer should immediately withdraw her statements that misled the public into thinking she killed the transit legislation.
“It is clear from Sen. Sarlo’s statement today that he never had any intention of withdrawing his bill or allowing it to languish while cities like Hoboken are satisfied with it,” said Mason. “Dawn Zimmer misled the public. She needs to explain why she was trying to take credit for something she didn’t do.”