Who’s going to be our next Mayor?
Here’s today’s Political Insider column from the Journal. Agustin Torres is sad that the carnival 4th Ward election is over, with no more “tomatoes, paparazzi and McCann” to talk about. Back to the regularly scheduled council meetings for political entertainment in Hoboken.
See his election recap and thoughts on who’ll be lined up for Mayor in 2009.
Next for Hoboken council: Jockeying for mayor
It is over for Chris Campos and it begins anew for Dawn Zimmer, the new 4th Ward City Council member. One of the most entertaining and emotional series of elections in Hoboken history has – sadly for this writer – come to an end.
They were dancing in the street, First Street to be exact. The shouting ranged from unbridled joy to someone having a bad day at the dentist, but it was all good for Zimmer backers.
She won on the machine and the concern for her campaign was what those absentee ballots meant. The Grendel of Hoboken, Gerry McCann, former Jersey City mayor and the man they all hated, had collected several hundred absentee ballots for Campos. Throughout the campaign, no one could put a stake through McCann’s heart. In the end, only about 200 Campos absentees were counted and Zimmer had a number of her own. Campos could not make up the difference, and there are not enough provisionals to save him.
Read the rest of his column after the jump.
Campos people believe that the questions brought out the vote and that the cold rain in the morning did not help him. Zimmer people came our later in the afternoon and when people arrived home from work.
A Union City contingent was present at Zimmer headquarters. They hate Mayor and Senator-elect Brian P. Stack and they wanted him to know it. Jose Falto and Frank Scarafile Jr. were among the anti-Stacks who asked this columnist to wish their antagonist “hello.”
Actually, there was little support from Stack and other members of the Democrats for Hudson County. It was not lost on some of the Campos backers who shrugged. They were already gearing up for next week’s City Council meeting. So were the Zimmer people.
“I can’t wait,” said former councilwoman and mayoral candidate Carol Marsh of the council session.
Marsh was constantly talking on two cell phones at once, delivering the news of Zimmer’s victory. “It’s unbelievable,” she repeated into the phones. The Zimmer followers kept telling anyone who would listen that the right person won.
There was some talk by Campos people that the Hudson County Democratic Organization sent people in to help Zimmer. If true, what does it matter?
Following the runoff election, when Campos was forced to seek a new election in the courts, he was pretty much in trouble. It is supposed to be his ward and workers. Some critics within Campos’ campaign said that many of his workers sat on their hands. The candidate may have worked, but the army didn’t happen.
By contrast, Zimmer and her minions worked hard. Last night she was on street corners handing out flyers. There was a determinationon her face.
“Why vote for a Zimmer?” This columnist shouted at her yesterday from a Jeep window.
“Why not?” she fired back and with recognition of her tormentor, she smiled.
The importance of this election is that it was not just for a council seat. Look for Zimmer to get the reformist backing for the mayoral race. The dynamics of the City Council will begin to shift to reflect all the jockeying for next year’s race.
Councilman Michael Russo and Zimmer appear to be the chief rivals. Don’t count out Councilwoman Beth Mason, who left the Zimmer camp and a trace of bitterness among the “reformers.”
So, no more talk about tomatoes, paparazzi, and McCann. What will we do in Hoboken now?
There’s always hope for more soap opera on the council.
Hoboken Mayor Dave Roberts will be excited about the outcome of yesterday’s election – once he gets back from his 10-day trip to Italy. The Campos camp did not seem concerned about the mayor’s absence. Roberts was photographed many times with the candidate and majority members of the City Council. Guess showing those happy faces was not enough for victory.