New Friends of Mike Lenz

11/1/2010:

Mike Lenz wants to be like Peter Cammarano

A popular tidbit of Mike Lenz and his campaign groupies is to note some of his opponent’s supporters were among the 6000+ who also voted for former Mayor Peter Cammarano.

What Lenz doesn’t want you to know is how many hard-core Cammarano backers are behind him, and why. It’s typical of Lenz’s hypocritical “Do as I say, not as I do” political lifestyle. We haven’t heard quite as much Cammarano talk since Tim Occhipinti dropped this bomb on Lenz at the debate:

Lenz never responded to the statement that he was campaigning with the person “who had the FBI in his kitchen” the morning Cammarano was arrested. PolitickerNJ later identified that person as Cammarano running mate Angel Alicea.

While Mayor Dawn Zimmer quickly dispatched most of Cammarano’s hires, she kept Alicea on board as Public Safety Director. Why? Politics, of course.

Angel Alicea had FBI in kitchen asking questions

Zimmer used to tell people a Public Safety Director wasn’t necessary, yet she keeps Alicea on the payroll. This was a political move designed to secure his support in the 4th ward election. Alicea was a longtime HHA board member who Lenz knew could be useful at election time. Before the FBI knocked on Cammarano’s door, they knocked on Alicea’s. Angel was also standing right behind Cammarano at City Hall when he read his statement declaring his innocence, and refusal to resign.

Between the time of the former Mayor’s arrest, release and resignation, Alicea was seen on TV driving Cammarano around in his city-issued Ford Explorer. Now it’s Lenz and his voter intimidation squad that Alicea is escorting door-to-door.

Peter Cammarano’s infamous post-arraignment umbrella holder, and the rowdy bar owner nicknamed Cammarano’s lapdog are also supporting Lenz. More details after the jump!

Lenz backer Patty Waiters held Cammy umbrella

Perennial failed candidate Patricia Waiters is best known as the person who waited at the Newark Federal Courthouse to hold an umbrella for Cammarano after he was released on bail. Even as most of his support disappeared, Waiters remained a staunch defender of the Mayor.

A former County Corrections Officer who sued for reinstatement, Waiters is a 2nd ward resident who’s been bouncing from politician to politician looking for “help.” Waiters joined the Lenz campaign’s jihad against legal Vote-by-Mail ballots, which is ironic considering the over 300 mail-in votes Waiters received when she ran for school board.

Bar None/Room 84 owner Joe Branco for Mike Lenz

Joe Branco’s bar is no stranger to the Tavern Sheets. The owner of Room 84 (formerly Bar None) has plenty of them outlining incidents at his establishment.

At a political event last week, Hoboken Police Captain and County Freeholder Anthony Romano joked that it was strange to be in Branco’s basement bar without his Police Uniform on! “Stick” Romano works the night shift, and the downtown club is a hotspot for late night trouble from the Jersey Shore set.

Branco was a major Cammarano supporter who flipped to Zimmer in an attempt to gain her support for 6th ward council, and protect his business from heavy City Hall scrutiny. Political Insider columnist Augie Torres wrote that Zimmer arrived at a Jersey City political event this month by Light Rail “but left by Bronco (sic)” as Joe Branco drove her home.

Branco’s car has often been spotted double-parked in front of Lenz campaign headquarters, across the street from Zimmer’s home.

Next time you hear someone sing they want to be like Peter Cammarano, don’t be surprised to look back and see Michael Lenz trying to carry a tune.

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15 Comments on "New Friends of Mike Lenz"

Hoboken219
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Hoboken219

Also : He was so far up Cammarano’s ass it’s comical to see him in bed with zimmer and co.

angry
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angry
Joe Branco is the one who is shaddy. First, he was a Cammarano suporter who supposedly contibuted thousands to his campaign. That was only because he thought he would benefit from it. He thought his “bar” would be untouchable if he was his buddy. Then, he quickly jumped ship and became a Zimmer follower. Again, he only did this with his own interest in mind. He thinks he is better than everyone else when the truth is he is not liked by many in Hoboken. He follows the people he believes will help him out at the time. Perhaps that is why Alicea is spotted drinking for free in his bar. Again, he is only thinking of his tavern sheets. Branco will never be a leader he is nothing more than a puppet to the Zimmer administration. If the FBI should be looking into anyone it should be Joe himself. He is not an honest business person. If he or any one of his buisnesses were looked into he would have many problems of his own. He lies on his taxes, as well as his emplyees taxes, he pays people off the books, he waters down his liquor, and don’t think your drinking what you ordered. News Flash, it’s switched in the back with cheep stuff. Hence, the headace you get after a night of drinking in his bar. Can’t wait till he actually runs. HE thinks he is the major already. Wait till all the people come out of… Read more »
angry
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angry
Hey Joe, Did you plan on hosting a big party tonight for Lenze at Room 84????? Guess it will be another slow night. [quote comment=”199435″]Joe Branco is the one who is shaddy. First, he was a Cammarano suporter who supposedly contibuted thousands to his campaign. That was only because he thought he would benefit from it. He thought his “bar” would be untouchable if he was his buddy. Then, he quickly jumped ship and became a Zimmer follower. Again, he only did this with his own interest in mind. He thinks he is better than everyone else when the truth is he is not liked by many in Hoboken. He follows the people he believes will help him out at the time. Perhaps that is why Alicea is spotted drinking for free in his bar. Again, he is only thinking of his tavern sheets. Branco will never be a leader he is nothing more than a puppet to the Zimmer administration. If the FBI should be looking into anyone it should be Joe himself. He is not an honest business person. If he or any one of his buisnesses were looked into he would have many problems of his own. He lies on his taxes, as well as his emplyees taxes, he pays people off the books, he waters down his liquor, and don’t think your drinking what you ordered. News Flash, it’s switched in the back with cheep stuff. Hence, the headace you get after a night of drinking… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

angry the menu was a side of beef ,potato salad he cant eat bacon but we ordered it
a truck load of cake boss pastry.. salami pizza and left over holloween candy,,chit save it till may when cunning face is dumped and gavel girl …some crew…notice even with shoebox condos in the 4th t rex lost?? this is three dumps including zimmer as mayor.
considering the jerks they had as bloggers were the worst paid bloggers that ruined the chances of t rex..chances to win..worse than donna cubbs..was the clock..the old antige
never pee against the wind…the crossing guard job is open..i will speak to one of my ops
your in kid.. 😀 [quote comment=”199439″]Hey Joe, Did you plan on hosting a big party tonight for Lenze at Room 84????? Guess it will be another slow night.

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hobokenresident1
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hobokenresident1
i find these sites so frustrating. The negative campaigning/personal attacks are usually so personal and exaggerated in my opinion the posting says more about the person who writes it or at minimum more about their personal relationship with the subject than any real credible commentary about the person or matter. So as someone who doesnt agree with the statements made by “angry” i will use this site as well to ramble my personal point of view. Joe B has had bars in this town since the late 90s so after running bars for over a decade find it hard to believe that everything he does for the last year is to protect his bars or be in a better place? Hey who doesnt want friends in high places, everyone has some desire to be in the know, have access, admitted or not but that isnt a reason to crucify someone and this isnt someone trying to open a new business or new to town. So he helps with cammarano, dude everyone one was disappointed and hurt and fooled by his actions so they are all now criminals most really wanted to get involved and believed in him? then in this case moves to zimmer and is equally crucified – cant win, eh? Guess it would be no fun if we werent judging everyone every minute. Could it be – just for fair balance, that like many Joe b wants to get involved in politics and to do so one volunteers… Read more »
Hoboken219
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Hoboken219
Eveyone knows Joe branco is a complete sleazeball – He’s run a shitty bar when it was bar none and continues to do so today. he brown noses everyone in higher places because he knows he runs an incompetent business and that his only means of survival after countless brawls , problems and a knife wielding indecent was 1 of 2 things. Try to reinvent the bar and attract new clientele or brown nose the politicians. Well we all know Room 84 may look a little different but the same ignorant young hood rats are all back in attendance. So BROWN NOSE THE POLITICIANS IT IS! I wouldn’t put filling up grey goose bottles with georgie vodka past this sleazeball either, he’ll do anything to make a buck. PS : when you walk down the stairwell into that hell hole the putrid odor emanating from the basement up the stairwell is disgusting. [quote comment=”199453″]i find these sites so frustrating. The negative campaigning/personal attacks are usually so personal and exaggerated in my opinion the posting says more about the person who writes it or at minimum more about their personal relationship with the subject than any real credible commentary about the person or matter. So as someone who doesnt agree with the statements made by “angry” i will use this site as well to ramble my personal point of view. Joe B has had bars in this town since the late 90s so after running bars for over a decade find… Read more »
sasha
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sasha

I am a friend of Michael Lenz and wish hiim good luck tomorrow.

youme66
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youme66

Oh, Dear Sasha,

Lenz needs more than luck. He needs an exorcism.[quote comment=”199401″]I am a friend of Michael Lenz and wish hiim good luck tomorrow.[/quote]

Rn17
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Rn17

Sasha you may be too involved. Most Zimmer supporters from last year are no longer happy with the direction of our city. Most people do not like Lenz who has a career of leaching off the tax payers back. I believe after this election this administration is in for a shock. And I also believe you will see some of the Mayors council people jump ship. A year ago one off them in my building told me he had reservations about Lenz’ being appointed. Most people in my building are giving the cold shoulder or yes”ing” the lenz camp just to get away from them. Many also believe it will be good for this mayor not to have a council majority. Lenz did the same thing Camaratto did which led to his arrest. [quote comment=”199402″]Oh, Dear Sasha,Lenz needs more than luck. He needs an exorcism.[/quote]

4th Ward Guardian
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4th Ward Guardian

Lenz is such a hypocrite. He puts himself on this high pedestal of reform but is really just another typical Hudson County career politician making backroom deals with whomever can help him get elected. You gotta wonder what they have on Alicea that made him flip to Lenz. Is it really just the power trip that goes along with being Public Safety Director, or have they also promised him a big raise after the election?

Zimmer/Lenz supporters bashed Alicea hard when his wife ran against Kids First and he ran with Cammarano. Now that he’s with Lenz they say nothing. Alicea should be forced to explain why the FBI was in his kitchen if he wants to continue to be a paid Director for the City of Hoboken.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

that rubber band slimmed t rex down…forget his size and stature..when you watched kids on the pd begging for their jobs this mugwump from another town comes here and dictates yes or no?? thats a man? they are all afriad of queen zelda..shame on them who dont have a free thinking mind such as delboccico rubber stamps are not respectfull..u i pull no punches..red vest had them in his vest pocket..crap heads.each an every one of them.[quote comment=”199394″]Lenz is such a hypocrite. He puts himself on this high pedestal of reform but is really just another typical Hudson County career politician making backroom deals with whomever can help him get elected. You gotta wonder what they have on Alicea that made him flip to Lenz. Is it really just the power trip that goes along with being Public Safety Director, or have they also promised him a big raise after the election? Zimmer/Lenz supporters bashed Alicea hard when his wife ran against Kids First and he ran with Cammarano. Now that he’s with Lenz they say nothing. Alicea should be forced to explain why the FBI was in his kitchen if he wants to continue to be a paid Director for the City of Hoboken.[/quote]

Colin
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Interesting about Alicea having the FBI over.

To be fair though, The Russo’s are BIG Occhipinti supporters and we know they had the FBI over to their house too. Of course the FBI left with one of the Russos for a little vacation.

As for other former Cammarano supporters It seems Tim has picked up quite a few as well. Belfiore, Novack, Fitzgibbons, Calicchio, Ramos, Romano among others…..

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