Suit filed against Zimmer bloggers

Hoboken411 Exclusive: The ENTIRE Zimmer Blogger Lawsuit

8/15/2012 Update:

Hoboken411 has obtained the 35-page lawsuit filed by the Bajardi family against Zoning Board Member Nancy Pincus and Roman Brice.

In it, attorneys document page after page of defamatory statements designed to harm the Bajardis, destroy their reputation and livelihood, break up their family and drive them out of Hoboken. This is exactly why Hoboken411 is proud to have in place a carefully managed comment policy which other (hundred-million dollar losing) corporate copy-cat sites fail miserably at.

Pincus: Call DYFS on the Bajardis

At the heart of the lawsuit is Nancy Pincus’ repeated attacks on two people she’s never even met: Lane and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi. This appointed city official repeatedly encourages people to anonymously call the NJ State Division of Youth and Family Services to have the Bajardis’ 3-year old son forcibly removed from their home. Their sin? She thinks (wrongly) that they’re blogging on AOL Patch against the Mayor’s interests.

“Curious Kim Cardinal and gettheledout44 Bajardi… What kind of parents are you?… You could care less about your own kid… Your hared [sic] of the mayor is more important than him. You 2 suck as parents. Somebody call DYFUS [sic]. The kid would be better off being raised by wolves. Poor thing.”

– Nancy Pincus on AOL Patch, 1/27/2012

In filing the suit, the Bajardis are prepared to swear under oath that they do not anonymously post comments on Patch under any screen names including CuriousGal, prosbus, gettheledout44 and the others Pincus, Roman Brice and others have assigned to them. There are several posts like this in the suit, and many more on AOL Patch.

“The Curious Cardinal MOTHER hates the mayor more than she looks after the welfare of her own child… This poor kid. Won’t somebody call DYFUS? (sic) He’d be better off being raised by wolves.”

– Nancy Pincus on AOL Patch, 1/27/2012

In addition to Pincus’ call to have the state take their son, another commenter “ThisMeansWar” reacts to Pincus by posting threats against the Bajardis’ child.

“Now what about your child? Have either of you losers EVER thought about the damage you are doing to him?… he will be the kid who is KNOWN the second he walks through the doors of ANY schools (sic) as the progeny of two hateful people… You are digging and (sic) awful hole for that child. Fairly or not he will be punished for the sins of the father. And mother. Stop thinking about how badly you want to hurt everyone associated with Zimmer and reform, and start thinking about how BADLY you are hurting your own child.”

– ThisMeansWar on AOL Patch, 3/4/2012

The Bajardis are asking the court to subpoena AOL Patch to identify ThisMeansWar and other screen names in an effort to protect their child. Pincus has blogged she has always wanted to shoot someone. Her use of gun violence analogies on her blog was the subject of a Hoboken Police Department investigation.

The suit includes Pincus’ public statements that Lane Bajardi is corrupt, was held in a holding cell by the FBI and is wanted in connection with a “Data Theft Ring” operated from City Hall. She and Brice also make some of the same false statements about Hoboken411. Bajardi categorically denies the claims, and many others in the suit. Pincus (and others) also repeatedly call on people to call the IRS anonymous tip line to report the Bajardis on false tax evasion charges. The list goes on and on, and each charge is refuted point by point in the 35-page legal document.

Nancy Pincus always wanted to shoot someone in Hoboken, NJ

Pincus tries to get Bajardi fired

On her blog, on Patch and in email messages to his employer, Pincus attempted to get Bajardi fired by making false charges of bigotry and anti-Semitism against him. Bajardi, by the way, is Jewish, and stood up to Pincus’ Nazi-themed blog attacks. An excerpt from Pincus’s letter to Bajardi’s employer is included in the suit:

“Lane Bajardi is a hyper-partisan political operative who blogs under the screen name ‘prosbus’, and is now fomenting anti-semitism in his latest effort to smear Hoboken’s Jewish mayor, Dawn Zimmer… As a well-known political blogger in Hoboken, I will be asking my community to reject Mr. Bajardi and his hate-mongering. I don’t think your advertisers will appreciate a voice on your airwaves actively engaged in spreading bigotry and intolerance in the Hoboken community…. Here are (2) of Mr. Bajardi’s posts attached.”

– Nancy Pincus email to Lane Bajardi’s employer at 1010 WINS radio.

The lawsuit states when Pincus was asked by the employer for any proof what she wrote was true, she produced NONE.

Pincus admits malice toward Bajardi

The suit notes Pincus has actually publicly admitted she holds malice toward Bajardi.

“Nothing I do is personal. Or intentionally cruel. (Except for Mason and Bajardi – and I freely admit it.)”

– Pincus on Grafix Avenger blog post, 6/11/2011

There is much, much more in the lawsuit, and several well-known Hoboken figures are mentioned. It’s worth your time to read more than just what certain people with an agenda want you to see, or a few excerpts in a newspaper report. Makes you wonder what else the Mayor and her assigned soldiers are doing behind the scenes.

Read it here for yourself.

Hoboken Residents Stand Up Against Zimmer Bloggers

8/13/2012:

You most likely missed this, since only about 20 people in Hoboken get involved in the minutiae of local daily politics, but The Political Insider column, written by Augie Torres, revealed that two local residents are standing up to Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s cult of personality:

“I can’t end this column without mentioning the $2 million lawsuit Hoboken activist Lane Bajardi and his wife, Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi, filed against Nancy Pincus, a Zoning Board member … and a bunch of John Does. According to court papers, the complaint is that Lane Bajardi is made to look like he is an anti-Semitic political operative and FBI informant who engages in tax evasion.”

“There was a comment by Pincus on a Jan. 26, 2012 local blog story urging state officials to investigate the couple, saying their child “would be better off being raised by wolves,” according to the court documents. The subject of the online post was Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s State of the City address.

The Bajardis call the comments “false and defamatory.”

When a reporter talked to blogger Roman Brice about the lawsuit, the first thing Brice, aka “Da Horsey,” demanded to know was how the reporter acquired the filed papers. He wanted to know if it was “Augie.”

Et tu Roman. I did hear from sources that the effort to serve papers on the blogger is worthy of a “Bourne” movie.

A jury trial is being requested in this civil case. This would be entertainment.”

More on this story as it develops…

17 Responses

  1. john14 says:

    Who will fund their defense? Dawn’s husband Stan?

  2. OhBoy says:

    What did those losers do before working on behalf of the mayor?

  3. OpenEyes says:

    with recent Supreme Court ruling Lane will win

    Presumed-Damages Doctrine Upheld in Defamation Cases
    By Michael Booth
    law.com/jsp/nj/PubArticleNJ.jsp?id=...142015&slreturn=20120713173038

    New Jersey Law Journal
    May 16, 2012

    〈                                  
    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the doctrine allowing plaintiffs to pursue defamation claims without having to prove actual harm to their reputations, though recovery will be nominal.
    “We hold that presumed damages continue to play a role in our defamation jurisprudence in private plaintiff cases that do not involve matters of public concern,” the unanimous court wrote per curiam in W.J.A. v. D.A., A-77-10.
    “In today’s world, one’s good name can to easily be harmed through publication of false and defamatory statements on the Internet,” the court said, adding that requiring proof of actual harm could “force an average citizen to ferret out proof of loss of reputation from any of the world-wide potential viewers of the defamatory Internet transmission.”

    • animal_lover says:

      thanks for the useful info OpenEyes.[quote comment=”216760″]with recent Supreme Court ruling Lane will winPresumed-Damages Doctrine Upheld in Defamation Cases By Michael Booth New Jersey Law Journal May 16, 2012〈                                   The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the doctrine allowing plaintiffs to pursue defamation claims without having to prove actual harm to their reputations, though recovery will be nominal. “We hold that presumed damages continue to play a role in our defamation jurisprudence in private plaintiff cases that do not involve matters of public concern,” the unanimous court wrote per curiam in W.J.A. v. D.A., A-77-10. “In today’s world, one’s good name can to easily be harmed through publication of false and defamatory statements on the Internet,” the court said, adding that requiring proof of actual harm could “force an average citizen to ferret out proof of loss of reputation from any of the world-wide potential viewers of the defamatory Internet transmission.”[/quote]

  4. whineanddineinhob says:

    Great job Lane. It’s one thing to go back and forth with nasty remarks, but quite another ballgame purposely trying to destroy a persons reputation, employment, and attacks which concern your children. NEVER, have I seen such hatred in this town by supporters of an administration towards anyone who disagree with their policies. Disgusting!, and I hope their cover is blown.

  5. yourbrainondrugs says:

    Nancy “It’s Only Satire” Pincus. Couldnt have happened to a nicer person..

  6. AMG1055 says:

    So much hate in these people.

  7. whineanddineinhob says:

    Can’t imagine why Zimmer hasn’t been named in this law suit since she continually condoned the attacks on the Bajordi’s without a letter of reprimand to either Brice or Pincus whom she employs. It really outraged me that Pincus referral to Zimmer as “Hoboken first Jewish Mayor” and this was her reason as to why Zimmer and Reformers were under attack by the Barjardi’s, and tries to label them as anti-semitic. And it made me laugh out loud where I read that Lane is also Jewish and Pincus obviously didn’t know . There also has to be a label for these type of assholes who always “act” that they are being politically challanged and persecuted because they are Jewish, when the actual reason is because of their stupidity, incompetence, arrogance, spitfulness, and hatred they toss towards ANYONE who disagrees with them. This administration is slowly but surely dividing this great City for all the wrong reasons and it shouldn’t be tolerated any longer. I wish you well Lane, and commend you for taking action, and hope you will continue to serve the citizens of this town with your knowledge of the facts when you feel we are being deceived.

    • blueskyrunning says:

      The plaintiff can’t rightfully sue Zimmer since she didn’t libel or slander them (a good part of our legal system).

      I think it is reasonable to expect public employees to act appropriately even when they aren’t at work, particularly when their extra-curricular activities significantly damage the people’s confidence in their ability to work for us.[quote comment=”216770″]Can’t imagine why Zimmer hasn’t been named in this law suit since she continually condoned the attacks on the Bajordi’s without a letter of reprimand to either Brice or Pincus whom she employs. It really outraged me that Pincus referral to Zimmer as “Hoboken first Jewish Mayor” and this was her reason as to why Zimmer and Reformers were under attack by the Barjardi’s, and tries to label them as anti-semitic. And it made me laugh out loud where I read that Lane is also Jewish and Pincus obviously didn’t know . There also has to be a label for these type of assholes who always “act” that they are being politically challanged and persecuted because they are Jewish, when the actual reason is because of their stupidity, incompetence, arrogance, spitfulness, and hatred they toss towards ANYONE who disagrees with them. This administration is slowly but surely dividing this great City for all the wrong reasons and it shouldn’t be tolerated any longer. I wish you well Lane, and commend you for taking action, and hope you will continue to serve the citizens of this town with your knowledge of the facts when you feel we are being deceived.[/quote]

  8. whineanddineinhob says:

    Forgot to mention something important too: Great Work H411

  9. YipYap says:

    People sometimes are always in conflict with themselves, with the world, and with the voices in their heads. The internet to them seems to be some sort of a panacea. They can now allow the voices in their head to put into words every single loosely held conspiracy theory that their confirmation biases can come up with. I always urge people with such issues to seek professional medical help. There are lots of new treatments for mild and full blown manias that will allow people with such mental diseases to lead somewhat normal lives. There is help out there you just need to ask for it.

  10. briank says:

    This Pincus woman needs to get out of the Mile Square every now and then. She is insane. Jeez. I can’t believe how seriously some people take the politics around here. Most of them are corrupt or out for their own personal gain. Why else would people be falling over each other to be in unpaid HHA posts, or unpaid sewage boards? They are stepping stones to public posts, pay, benefits, multiple pensions, and boat checks when they retire. Plus whatever else they steal or get in white envelopes at diners. It’s all so incestuous and corrupt. There is more to the world than Hudson County Ms Pincus, and all the future Pincus types.

  11. animal_lover says:

    We are getting closer to holding the actual source of damage through “cat’s paw” principal’s. Hope it can protect soon in cases like this. The forum ( and email) senseless harassment and defamation by Zimmer aligned factions continues.

  12. whineanddineinhob says:

    I’m greatly anticipating Lane’s day in court for the outrageous harassment he and his family have been put through. His appearance at council meeting shocked Zimmer”s followers into silence with his truth about her policies, judgement, and hypocrisy under the guise of being a “reformer”. He’s seen the deceit with her intentions of just ridding the “old guard” and replacing it with her “new guard” which was more deceitful, costly, and hateful, than any administration in this City’s history. And now with her council majority followers, the city adopted measurements where the public doesn’t even have to be advised of settlements made by lawsuits under the amount of a certain large settlement. It’s all done and settled behind closed door policy. I guess it’s become a habitual embarrassment for any more claims filed to be made public. I don’t even care to imagine what this is costing , but it’s a situation that should outrage any taxpayer in this costly city to live. According to Brice and Pincus, people who disagree with Zimmer’s policies are labeled as anti-semitic, and then attacked on their blogs. I wonder what the word would be for people like them that “constantly” support the mayor’s policies only for the fact that she IS Jewish and despise anyone who disagrees with her or her policies?

  13. animal_lover says:

    I believe the defense is that the vicious personal attacks were all a joke. The author who sits or sat on a Hoboken board claims it was in the name of satire.

    She also claims he is a public figure therefore he and his wife and child are fair game.

    NancyP posted this: scribd.com/doc/152069005/Lane-Bajar...-Pincus-Motion-for-Summary-Judgment

    I don’t Know where things stand with this. Anyone?

  14. Journey says:

    The case was tossed by the judge.

  15. animal_lover says:

    Judges have pressures at lower court levels to close cases quickly. This does not make it an invalid case. Zimmer and her allies lose regularly on appeal. Both Brice and Pincus, did act is reckless disregard.

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