Ravi Bhalla vs. Beth Mason

5/5/2010:

Bhalla: Mason’s a criminal! Mason: Bhalla’s a vicious liar!

Oh, how times have changed. Less than a year ago Councilwoman Beth Mason endorsed Ravi Bhalla in the June runoff election. Now they’re at each other’s political throats.

In a diversionary tactic designed to draw attention away from his growing Pay-to-Play and ELEC troubles, Councilman Bhalla held an “invitation only” press conference in the law office he shares with Paul Condon. Hoboken411 wasn’t invited by Bhalla, so his event was ignored on the most-read source of news in the Mile Square City.

Bhalla would rather play with those who blindly report repeat unsubstantiated charges that his political rivals have committed “felonies” than face honest and direct questions about his claims. This afternoon Mason sent out a statement denying her campaign paid workers in cash:

CLICK TO READ BETH MASON STATEMENT

Note that Mason also denies any campaign checks were made payable to “cash.” She confirms every worker was paid by check, and every check was reported on ELEC reports with the state.

Here’s the statement issued by Bhalla yesterday (via the weekly paper):

CLICK TO READ RAVI BHALLA STATEMENT

Bhalla is referring to a call for him to resign in the wake of the revelations about his Pay-to-Play activities in Newark and Union City. Bhalla received lucrative contracts after large donations to Political Action Committees that support the Mayors who hand out those contracts. After the Jersey Journal reported Bhalla had not filed three years of state mandated BE reports on his public contracting and political activities, Mason responded by calling for his resignation.

I didn’t include that in the Hoboken411 coverage because I didn’t find it all that relevant to the story. Sure enough, Bhalla and supporters of Mayor Dawn Zimmer have used Mason’s statements to attempt to muddy the waters surrounding Bhalla’s actions (read: deflect.)

Diversions have been Bhalla’s modus operandi

Bhalla has used diversionary tactics before when he’s been under fire. Remember a year ago when Bhalla was caught up in the controversy surrounding his bad behavior at the Kids First 2009 victory party? In response to eyewitness accounts, Bhalla claimed he’d seen a member of Beth Mason’s slate stumping for rival candidates. It was false, but Bhalla never apologized for any of his actions or statements.

Though allegations of “crimes” and “felonies” from the Bhalla/Zimmer forces have been over the top, Mason does have some cleaning up to do in regards to her campaign forms. Unbiased experts I consulted with said they doubt anything will come of Bhalla and Zimmer’s charges against Mason, which have actually been in filed with NJ ELEC since last fall with no activity reported.

What do you think? Comment below.

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27 Comments on "Ravi Bhalla vs. Beth Mason"

mickey finn
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mickey finn

in all of my years, one thing has always been a constant. the two occupations you can never trust and have been responsible for many a scandal are lawyers and politicians… like cammarano, ravi bhalla is no different. oh, and let’s not forget governor christie. and, let me save all the republicans out there some time to jump on this… yes, obama as well.

Journey
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Journey

In the 22 years that I have been eligible to vote no politician has failed to disappoint me. They all make promised that can’t be kept because they have to work with other politicians to get anything done and they all have their own agendas. They wind up with strange bedfellows, scratching each other’s backs. If the best intended ones have to make compromises that wind up disappointing someone.

In the end I’ve always felt I have voted for the lesser of two evils.

We had three tickets, Cammarano and his team (I was not surprised when he was arrested or plead guilty), Mason and her Russo team, Zimmer and her grew. I voted for Zimmer because I didn’t trust Cammarano or Russo’s boys. Hudson County politics, talk about lose/lose/lose situation.

DavidsSling
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DavidsSling

These reformers talk all about the terrible things Dave Roberts and others did it the past. Hire friends, hire for political patronage, hire people that gave campaign contributions Give Big contracts to people that gave campaign contributions around NJ.
When they do it , they think it is alright because they think their Friends are “good guys”
In the beginning Dave did some good things and then it went downhill fast.
I can see we are repeating the past again

Wake up people it is still wrong – Double dipper Mike Lenz only cares about his power trip and what he can get out of it.
Tabula Rasa Zimmer is being run by Lenz who is only a master in his own mind

I voted for this team thinking they were better than Scammaranno
but I was wrong.

I think Roman Brice (Smarty Jones) , Tony Soares, Nancy Pincus ( Graphix Avenger and Liz Mulholland (hullabaloo) need to be potty trained and put in permanent time out as well

emarche
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“I voted for this team thinking they were better than Scammaranno
but I was wrong.”

Really? Because none of them have been arrested. Yet.

In response to DavidsSling who said:
These reformers talk all about the terrible things Dave Roberts and others did it the past. Hire friends, hire for political patronage, hire people that gave campaign contributions Give Big contracts to people that gave campaign contributions around NJ.
When they do it , they think it is alright because they think their Friends are “good guys”
In the beginning Dave did some good things and then it went downhill fast.
I can see we are repeating the past again

Wake up people it is still wrong – Double dipper Mike Lenz only cares about his power trip and what he can get out of it.
Tabula Rasa Zimmer is being run by Lenz who is only a master in his own mind

I voted for this team thinking they were better than Scammaranno
but I was wrong.

I think Roman Brice (Smarty Jones) , Tony Soares, Nancy Pincus ( Graphix Avenger and Liz Mulholland (hullabaloo) need to be potty trained and put in permanent time out as well

ohnoivotedforher
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ohnoivotedforher

interesting we forget the scratch offs, forget the pay-to play, forget our former cfo now council 4 who stole from roberts…..forget the parking violating council president, mello and marsh are robbing us by non-action…Michael Russo for President

YipYap
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Balla is just wheeling like the other members of the politcal glitterati in NJ. “Wheeling” a common political term where one political campaign or political party wheels money around the State is one of the biggest exploitations of politicians of campaign finance laws.

Did anyone check the donations wheeled around the last Hoboken election? Oh, wait Zimmer bought eStevens silence by offering him a job on the Hospital Board, so I gather won’t hear from him on this topic anymore.

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