The politics of the Zimmer Layoffs

9/27/2010:

Not about politics? Really?

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

– Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, scene II.

Sometimes when people passionately insist something is one way, others rightfully suspect it’s just the opposite. This is especially the case with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her press release regarding layoff plan changes issued Friday on the steps of City Hall. This line in the second paragraph led people to quote Hamlet:

“I want to be very clear: This was never about political agendas. This is about doing what’s in the best interest of all of the people of Hoboken.”

– Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Never about political agendas? Consider this: Zimmer only agreed to the 11th hour decision to delay Police Layoffs and Demotions until December following a threat to protest in front of her fundraiser later this week. Zimmer and Councilman Ravi Bhalla – who has lucrative no-bid public contracts with the City of Newark thanks to their less stringent Pay-to-Play laws – has arranged for Mayor Cory Booker to appear at a fundraiser this week. Zimmer needs that money to fund un-elected councilman Michael Lenz’s campaign.

Would Booker have booked at the site of a picket line?

Had the police layoffs been allowed to take effect as Zimmer scheduled last Friday, she would very likely be facing a union protest at her fundraiser. Zimmer was aware of this was in the works, and the fact that Mayor Booker would likely choose not to cross a picket line to attend her party. Thus, the “60-day reprieve” was born.

Not about politics? Then why is this guy at the announcement?

Above is a photo of Sam Briggs waiting for Zimmer’s City Hall press conference to begin. Briggs is the Manager for Michael Lenz’s campaign. He’s standing with Mayor Zimmer’s husband and Shadow Mayor, and a guy who handles the nuts and bolts of Lenz’s campaign website. Moments after Zimmer’s announcement, that press release was posted on Lenz’s campaign website in spite of the Mayor’s pronouncement that it’s not about politics.

Lenz positions himself behind Zimmer

Mayor Zimmer made sure to recognize Lenz during her press conference. How could she not? He was hovering behind her in a calculated attempt to get into as many press photos and TV camera shots as possible. Briggs was also seen discussing the event with taxpayer-paid Zimmer Confidential Assistant Dan Bryan, as well as schmoozing and spinning reporters.

Nope, no politics to see here folks… keep moving.

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13 Comments on "The politics of the Zimmer Layoffs"

realhobokennonyuppie
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realhobokennonyuppie

Great article, did you see the demanor and long faces during the press conference.What a crock of sh*%, that speech from a incompetent mayor.The union should turn the heat back up cause these croanies do not belong in city hall. The drool monster standing behind bug eyes has already lost the fourth ward. He was bood out of the projects last week, and bug eyes needs to go back to New Weirdo oh I mean New Hampshire.

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

True, the Union should keep the heat on because this is only a ploy and delay tactic by Zimmer and Juan Melli to help aid Lenz’s run for the 4th Ward. Come December the cops will get buried……as for Booker him going to Teak for Zimmers $250 hand shake is also a joke and slap in the face….Booker plans to layoff over 100 cops and after his hour blow-fest speech on Deadbeat Pete only to have Pete arrested less than 30 days later by the FBI still smarts Bookers ass.

Most of the people in the photo are dirty…Carmelo Garcia, Lenz, Angel Alicea, Ravi Bhalla, and now Dawn seems to be turning to the dark-side.[quote comment=”197957″]Great article, did you see the demanor and long faces during the press conference.What a crock of sh*%, that speech from a incompetent mayor.The union should turn the heat back up cause these croanies do not belong in city hall. The drool monster standing behind bug eyes has already lost the fourth ward. He was bood out of the projects last week, and bug eyes needs to go back to New Weirdo oh I mean New Hampshire.[/quote]

camel2
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camel2

Matt gets a special sticker for drinking the most Lenz Kool Aid

kooky kat
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All he needs now is Dave Robert’s sweater vest!

Lenz ran a stop sign at Church Sq park this weekend, nearly running over me, my dog and my dogs playdate, Oscar. He was quite clearly yapping on his hands free phone. 👿

Night Watchman
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Night Watchman

How is Lenz standing at an 11am press conference?

That taxpayer funded county job sure is sweet for Lenz. High salary, full benefits and he be in Hoboken during the day to be at every Zimmer photo-op. Look at the past few months, there’s Lenz at the press conference, there’s Lenz with a shovel, there’s Lenz at the ribbon cutting. When does Lenz actually work at his county job that we’re paying for?

Lenz, just another double dipping hack.

matt_72
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So let me ask you this, do you think Anthony Romano & Ruben Ramos should also be docked part of their salary when they are off playing politician? If so, I agree with you. If not, you are being terribly inconsistent.[quote comment=”197960″]How is Lenz standing at an 11am press conference? That taxpayer funded county job sure is sweet for Lenz. High salary, full benefits and he be in Hoboken during the day to be at every Zimmer photo-op. Look at the past few months, there’s Lenz at the press conference, there’s Lenz with a shovel, there’s Lenz at the ribbon cutting. When does Lenz actually work at his county job that we’re paying for?Lenz, just another double dipping hack.[/quote]

Night Watchman
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Night Watchman

Lenz is a county employee who is supposed to be in Secaucus working during the day. Instead he’s in Hoboken lurking around City Hall and cutting ribbons.

Anthony Romano is a Police Captain who works the overnight shift. From Midnight to 8am Romano is on the job, so his political activities don’t conflict with his full-tiime job.

Like it or not, by contract Ruben Ramos is allowed time off from his teaching job to do his second job as Assemblyman.

If you have a beef with someone taking two public salaries take it up first with patronage pig Lenz and the Mayor who appointed him.[quote comment=”197961″]So let me ask you this, do you think Anthony Romano & Ruben Ramos should also be docked part of their salary when they are off playing politician? If so, I agree with you. If not, you are being terribly inconsistent.

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krewedetat
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krewedetat

There you go again, matt, making comparisons to people who never proclaimed themselves to be the standard bearers of “reform.” And if you can be bothered with facts, Romano works an overnight shift so any time you see him during the day he is on his own time and possibly sleep-deprived. As for Ramos, he is rarely seen at daytime events and when he is, he is performing his duties as assemblyman that are clearly allowed in his contract. [quote comment=”197961″]So let me ask you this, do you think Anthony Romano & Ruben Ramos should also be docked part of their salary when they are off playing politician? If so, I agree with you. If not, you are being terribly inconsistent.[/quote]

matt_72
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And you know for a fact that: A. Lenz isn’t taking personal time when at photo ops? B. Lenz’s contract or county/state law doesn’t allow for him to perform his duties in Hoboken while getting paid by the county? Please – the man works for the frigging government and none of you government workers are lacking in personal days, vacation days, loopholes that let you get out of work for a bit. A huge % of elected officials are government workers. I am sure there is a process/reg/law that allows people like him to take time off for these sorts of things. Just like w/ Ramos, I am sure it is allowed. And if you have a problem w/ what is allowed w/ Lenz but not others, that is terribly inconsistent of you. As for Romano – you could just as easily argue his political duties require him to do his job sleep deprived. He first & foremost is an employee we pay a fortune to and we pay him more than enough that he doesn’t need to supplement his income goofing around playing politician (never mind that he does a horrible job representing the interests of Hoboken) when he should be sleeping. I don’t at all buy that his duties as Freeholder don’t get in the way of his job and if it did I bet you wouldn’t care at all about that. And Ramos is constantly seen at daytime events and misses work almost every day the state… Read more »
blahblahblah
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blahblahblah
And you can honestly say that is what LENZ stands for in your above rambling? Also for this current administration? Boy, thank god for printers, you are going to make this easier then I thought. WOW, UNREAL……[quote comment=”197977″]And you know for a fact that:A. Lenz isn’t taking personal time when at photo ops? B. Lenz’s contract or county/state law doesn’t allow for him to perform his duties in Hoboken while getting paid by the county?Please – the man works for the frigging government and none of you government workers are lacking in personal days, vacation days, loopholes that let you get out of work for a bit. A huge % of elected officials are government workers. I am sure there is a process/reg/law that allows people like him to take time off for these sorts of things. Just like w/ Ramos, I am sure it is allowed. And if you have a problem w/ what is allowed w/ Lenz but not others, that is terribly inconsistent of you.As for Romano – you could just as easily argue his political duties require him to do his job sleep deprived. He first & foremost is an employee we pay a fortune to and we pay him more than enough that he doesn’t need to supplement his income goofing around playing politician (never mind that he does a horrible job representing the interests of Hoboken) when he should be sleeping. I don’t at all buy that his duties as Freeholder don’t get in… Read more »
hobores
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hobores

my head is spinning. so now, she is not going ahead with the layoffs?

and when she says ‘This is about doing what’s in the best interest of all of the people of Hoboken” what does that mean.

are the layoffs in the best interest of Hoboken ? – in that case, why postpone it?
OR
is keeping the police dept staffed as is in the best interest? – in that case, why was she going ahead with the layoffs?

This chick has sure got me confused.

its lenz setting her up for the fall. she listens to him as a trusted advisor, and he leads her through these back-and-forth decisions. the minute she oversteps herself, he will be right there to take her job….clueless woman.

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