Campaign Fact Check – Part I
Two Views of the Zimmer Record
There’s been such an avalanche of campaign mailers this election trying to highlight each one would be tedious. Let’s take a closer look at two mailers that caught my eye this week, the first from former Judge Kim Glatt featuring someone who looks a bit like Dawn Zimmer hiding behind the Mayor’s chair:
The Glatt piece highlights three failures of Zimmer’s just over three months in office.
- The lack of a budget after Zimmer pledged to introduce one with a 25% tax cut within six weeks of taking the oath of office. See the screen grab from her original campaign website below. Once she took office, Zimmer quickly pulled this pledge down:
- The second point highlights Zimmer’s failure to fill out the proper forms needed for a lay-up $4 million federal grant for the second flood pump. The hard work was already done on the grant applications and all Zimmer needed to send was a letter. Zimmer tried to hide it, but was called out on her failure in a video from the last council meeting.
- The last point claims Zimmer concealed the letter from Hoboken University Medical Center revealing its $22 million deficit. Zimmer also concealed her midnight appointment of supporter/contributor Jonathan Metsch to the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Board despite his lackluster record as the former CEO of the Jersey City Medical Center.
Check back in a couple hours – when one of Dawn Zimmer’s own pieces of campaign literature touting her “accomplishments” in “just a few short weeks” gets fact-checked too!
(And don’t forget to stay on topic please!)