Election ’09: Vote Today!

11/3/2009 REMINDER:

Polls open from 6am to 8pm

Get out and vote today!

11/2/2009:

It comes down to Beth Mason vs. Dawn Zimmer

With 24 hours to go before the polls open for a winner-take-all election, this race has decisively come down to Beth Mason vs. Dawn Zimmer.

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A week ago, Hoboken411 moved Frank Raia out of his original place, to the Second Tier, leaving Zimmer and Mason alone among the pack. The weekly paper did the same thing on the Sunday front page declaring, “Zimmer and Mason are seen as the frontrunners in the mayor’s race.” Now that they took the week to catch up to us we’re prepared to go a step further.

Raia and Glatt fading, their voters may reconsider

Reputable sources in multiple camps say flash polls show Zimmer and Mason each have more than three times the voter support of Frank Raia or Kim Glatt. If the polls are correct, it means Raia and Glatt would have to quadruple their support in 24 hours to win the race. Even if every undecided voter went to Raia and Glatt they would still be two candidates competing for third place. The fact that Raia and Glatt are mining votes from the same base of support has been an issue from the start, with both sides making unsuccessful attempts to get the other out of the race.

As 411 called it last week, this is a mutual destruction society. With the race breaking down to Mason vs. Zimmer, people who declared as Raia or Glatt voters may reconsider their decision behind the curtain and go with the person with the best shot at defeating Zimmer. At this stage of the race – that person is clearly Mason.

Raia can’t escape history of losses, higher BoE spending

hoboken-frank-raia-headshotYou’ll be hard pressed to find somebody in Hoboken who doesn’t like Frank Raia, but he’s been running for office for decades and has lost more times than he’s won. Even some of his allies confide they tried to convince Pupie to sit this one out after the humiliating defeat Kids First served up to him in April. In response Frank has run the best campaign of his life, turning to the “internets” in a big way to spread his message. In the end – it wasn’t enough time to build new support or heal old wounds.

As a parting shot, Raia offers this soundbite of Dawn Zimmer endorsing him for public office:[dewplayer:http://hoboken411.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/zimmer-4-raya-0602.mp3]

But Frank didn’t win the Freeholder election either. Had Kim Glatt not joined the race, Raia would have had a much better shot to line up Hoboken People behind him. In the final days of the campaign there is also an allegation Raia improperly handled absentee ballots that candidates are not supposed to touch. An investigation is underway, and Pupie denies any wrongdoing.

Judge Glatt doesn’t rule. Case dismissed.

The formula was simple enough: Take an attractive, born and raised former Municipal Judge and run her as the “outsider” who can take the votes that would not otherwise go to Zimmer and Mason for a longshot chance at a win. There were two big problems with this strategy. The first was Frank Raia’s decision to run, which split the potential universe of voters. The second was the existence of Hoboken411. In a pre-411 world, Glatt would have been much more of a factor in this race, as the local press used to take pretty much everything a candidate said at face value with no additional digging.

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In the current 411 world, homegrown politicians don’t get the same pass they once did…

Just ask Chris Campos, who would still be the Fourth Ward councilman if not for 411. At least that’s what Dawn Zimmer used to say until we started holding her to her campaign promises. Now the best Glatt can do is take enough voters to give Zimmer a slim plurality in this race. Whether or not that happens is up to the voters, who will have their final say tomorrow when the polls open at 6am.

This one ain’t over ‘til it’s over, but it has come down to a race between Zimmer and Mason.

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46 Comments on "Election ’09: Vote Today!"

Journey
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Journey

@ the Church Tower polling station the challenger for Glatt asked for my name before the poll workers did. I didn’t realize she was challenger when I gave her my name and address and she told me to go ahead a go to the table with roll books and the poll works.

I told her off when I realized she was a challenger.

realstuff
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realstuff

In previous Hoboken elections, the State Troopers had to use measuring tapes to determine proper distances.

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

I’m off to vote! I just hope Frank Raia isn’t inside the voting room glad-handing for votes again like he did to me at the last election (which he lost).

Journey
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Journey

Is that even legal?

In response to plaintruthiness who said:
I’m off to vote! I just hope Frank Raia isn’t inside the voting room glad-handing for votes again like he did to me at the last election (which he lost).

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

If it is legal, it shouldn’t be. He was introducing himself and shaking hands as people waited in line for the grumpy lady to find their names in the books.

In response to Journey who said:
Is that even legal?

Journey
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Journey

Finally got a chance to look.

njelections.org/co-polling-posters/...-rights-posters%28hud%29-072309.pdf

18 Can a candidate be at the polls without a challenger badge?

Candidates whose names are on the allot are automatically challengers and as such are allowed to be present at the polls.

In response to plaintruthiness who said:
If it is legal, it shouldn’t be. He was introducing himself and shaking hands as people waited in line for the grumpy lady to find their names in the books.

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

The very same link says:

“Electioneering — It is a crime under State law to electioneer within 100 feet of the outside entrance of the polling place up to and including the polling room. There can be no campaign signs or material in this area and no one can campaign on behalf of any
candidate or public question.”

So if Pupie was just shaking hands with acquaintances, then he’s OK. But if he said as much as “I hope you vote for me” then that’s illegal.

In response to Journey who said:
Finally got a chance to look.

njelections.org/co-polling-posters/...-rights-posters%28hud%29-072309.pdf

18 Can a candidate be at the polls without a challenger badge?

Candidates whose names are on the allot are automatically challengers and as such are allowed to be present at the polls.

HOB424
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HOB424

Look it up on nj by the numbers, you can get info all gov’t offices in the state. It’s there and candidates should know that, before claiming it to be a new idea

NotFromNJ
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NotFromNJ

Oh, I agree that no one should give contributions FOR any of those things. Or vice-versa. I just disagree that the ELEC report says that this happened. Just that they had city jobs and they contributed – not that either was FOR the other (we don’t know, and I doubt, that one was contingent upon the other).

I can give my girlfriend $50 for a night out with her friends, and I can … “have fun” with her (trying to be family friendly). But I can’t give her $50 for fun with her.

There should be an “originally” in my name, but then it wouldn’t be as catchy.

HHoney
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HHoney

You’re right that the ELEC reports do not say what the contributions are for; there isn’t even a field on the form for it. The equivalent forms do not have that field either but that has not prevented them from making it illegal to give contributors and then receive favors, jobs and/or appointments. And that is the discussion here.

Corruption has been so very, very costly to people in NJ and we cannot even afford the appearance of it. That is why Gov. Jon Corzine has taken such a hard-line against it. He’s given jobs to supporters and volunteers but not contributors.

In response to NotFromNJ who said:
Oh, I agree that no one should give contributions FOR any of those things. Or vice-versa. I just disagree that the ELEC report says that this happened. Just that they had city jobs and they contributed – not that either was FOR the other (we don’t know, and I doubt, that one was contingent upon the other).

I can give my girlfriend $50 for a night out with her friends, and I can … “have fun” with her (trying to be family friendly). But I can’t give her $50 for fun with her.

There should be an “originally” in my name, but then it wouldn’t be as catchy.

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

You are making a rational point NotFromNJ. Still, you have to admit that it is highly suspicious that all of Dawn’s appointments have been her friends, supporters or members of the same synagogue.

How exactly do you rationalize the fact that she hired Metsch who “blew up” at JCMC? Or that she is paying Sacs 100+ when he was willing to work for 80k for Cammarano? And so on and so forth.

She is either too gullible (they tricked her into thinking they were “special”) or plain corrupt. Either way she should not be our mayor.

In response to NotFromNJ who said:
Oh, I agree that no one should give contributions FOR any of those things. Or vice-versa. I just disagree that the ELEC report says that this happened. Just that they had city jobs and they contributed – not that either was FOR the other (we don’t know, and I doubt, that one was contingent upon the other).

I can give my girlfriend $50 for a night out with her friends, and I can … “have fun” with her (trying to be family friendly). But I can’t give her $50 for fun with her.

There should be an “originally” in my name, but then it wouldn’t be as catchy.

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