By now you know that Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his running mates, Hoboken Councilman Ruben Ramos and West New York Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez, defeated West New York Mayor Sal Vega and his ticket, including Former Hoboken Councilwoman Carol Marsh and Nicole Garcia of Union City. The defeat goes down as one of the worst for an HCDO-backed ticket in memory, as Stack received 76% of the vote to Vega’s 23%. This even as the HCDO-backed candidates for County Executive, Clerk, and Sheriff were victorious countywide, despite huge deficits in Hoboken,
Much was made of the showdown between former running mates Marsh and Ramos, with people close to Marsh telling a local political columnist that a strong showing in Hoboken might even lead to talk of another run for Mayor. That did not happen. Here’s the Hoboken411 analysis of how Hoboken voted.
Top Of The Ticket
Brian Stack won every ward in Hoboken, beating Sal Vega 2893 to 1261, for a roughly 70% to 30% split. Stack’s totals were largest in the 3rd and 4th wards, where the Russo and Ramos voter turnout machines were running at full speed. The only ward that was close was the 6th, where Stack won with 232 votes over Vega’s 203. Typically, the 6th ward turnout was very weak, with half the number of voters that turned out in the 4th where Stack beat Vega 709 to 245.
Hoboken Assembly Results
Ruben Ramos got 2855 votes in Hoboken, compared to 1602 for Carol Marsh. If compared head-to-head, Ramos got 64% to Marsh’s 36%.
Ramos’ running mate for assembly — Cardidad Rodriguez – also polled significantly higher than Marsh, despite being an unknown in Hoboken. If compared head-to-head, Rodriguez beat Marsh 59% to 41%, which is less than the 43% Marsh got against David Roberts for Mayor in 2005.
Despite “favorite daughter” status in Hoboken, Marsh lost by significant margins to both Ramos and Rodriguez in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th wards. She came in second to Ramos in the 5th ward, and was the top vote getter in Mayor David Roberts home ward – the 6th – where turnout was anemic.
Ramos was top vote getter here with 397 votes, followed by Rodriguez with 308. Marsh received 220 votes, and her running mate Garcia got 176. Councilwoman Terry Castellano was behind the “Column B” team, even renting a storefront to Stack in Hoboken. Big votes came out of Marineview towers for Ramos and Stack.
There were high hopes for Marsh in her home ward, where Beth Mason just mounted a successful independent campaign for City Council against former Fire Chief Richard Tremitiedi. Different campaign, different result. Ramos was high vote getter in the 2nd with 442, followed by 341 for Rodriguez. Marsh came in third in her home ward with 258, followed by 190 for Garcia. Nearly the same number of votes came out of Applied Housing for Ramos as Tremitiedi received a few weeks ago, but unlike Mason, Marsh was unable to make up the deficit in the rest of the 2nd Ward.
With nearly a thousand votes cast, this was all about the Russo Family political machine getting their votes out for the Stack team. Ramos received 669 votes, followed by Rodriguez with 569. Marsh was a distant third with 238, and Garcia scored 178. Typically, Church Towers and Clock Towers, — large buildings with public employees and retirees — turned out big for Column B.
741 people voted for “favorite son” Ramos in his home ward. 591 voted for Rodriguez. Marsh got 275 votes, while Garcia received 229. Marsh was unable to build on the momentum of Dawn Zimmer’s 600+ vote result in last month’s election, instead pulling about as many votes out of the 4th as her allies Michael Lenz and Tony Soares did when they unsuccessfully ran for Council there in 2001 and 2003. Lenz was also on the ballot Tuesday as a candidate for County Democratic Committeeman, which he also lost.
The 5th ward has for decades been the cradle of more progressive thinking in Hoboken, and was the only ward Carol Marsh won in her battle with Dave Roberts two years ago. She trailed Ruben Ramos 385 to 353, but beat Rodriguez’s 298 vote tally to come in second. Garcia got 100 fewer votes than Marsh did, showing there was a lot of “bullet voting” going on. Many of Marsh’s votes did not carry over to the other HCDO candidates. They voted for Carol, and left the booth. Marsh may also have benefited here from the endorsement of State Senator and 5th Ward resident Bernie Kenny.
The home ward of David Roberts essentially slept through the primary like they did with the Council race. Still, the Mayor’s support of Marsh managed to get her enough votes to finish first in the 6th with 258 votes, followed by Ramos with 221. Garcia received 188 and Rodriguez got 155.