The politics of the Zimmer Layoffs
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.