Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pupie - 'I'll pay with cash'

This time, it ain't $40. In lieu of a lien to forego pretrial detention, Frank "Pupie" Raia put up $100,000 in cold hard cash.

There's no satirical sacred cow gored in that. In California however, ballot harvesting is coming back in a big way. Maybe that's just a sign of the times or maybe that's the future.



Related: Frank "Pupie" Raia is arrested for conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme by use of the mail back on Halloween. He's facing five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Frank "Pupie" Raia with Beth Mason back in 2013

Monday, December 17, 2018

Mayor Ravi Bhalla to join Linda Sarsour in presenting John Allen the Al Sharpton award

Official release:




Mayor Ravi Bhalla cordially invites you

To his fourth 2018 fundraiser honoring himself with 
special guest and friend Linda Sarsour

who will be presenting an award to

Ravi Bhalla’s Chief of Staff John Allen

The prestigious:


December 28th 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm
108 Solomon Dwek Developer Drive, Jersey City, NJ

Entry fee: $1,000
Honorary supporter: $2,600
Louis Farrakhan Leadership Table: $5,000




Please make checks out to:
Ravi Terror Flyer PAC 2019*


* All contributions are deductible from your Hoboken tax bill just don’t tell anyone



 This is satire. If you're not laughing; you’re probably a Ravibot.

Ravi Bhalla to make major announcement on Chief of Staff John Allen

An announcement from the mayor's office today is anticipated with Mayor Ravi Bhalla issuing some statement surrounding the uncovered political operations against sitting City Council members by his chief of staff, John Allen.

Ravi release on John Allen?
MSV blew the lid off with a series of investigative reports of the political attacks out of the mayor's office after the last City Council meeting. The evidence uncovered points to a political and race-baiting attack by a now confirmed friend of John Allen's who teamed up with Patty Waiters against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. The ugly racial attacks have reminded the Hoboken public about the Ravi Terror Flyer days before the mayoral election last year. To date, no one has been arrested.

This recent political attack is but the latest among others over recent months when MSV uncovered another John Allen friend performing in the exact same capacity. That person was later spotted having dinner at an uptown steakhouse with John Allen and Ravi Bhalla. The earlier attacks were more broad-based against sitting council members and lacked the one-two race-baiting punch as at the last council meeting. 

After public portion in the last City Council meeting, said John Allen friend immediately set foot to the home of Ravi Bhalla's aide with the pre-written speech in its original manila folder in hand. Was a drop of the original materials being returned after the dirty deed for an agreed upon amount of cash? 

John Allen has remained mute for over 10 days to the $1,000,000 question although invited to offer any explanation why he had his friend report to his home immediately after public portion at the last council meeting. In its place, he's offered meaningless comment about how his friend allegedly got into the building. 

Will Ravi Bhalla be finally answering to both his and John Allen's role? Stay tuned! 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

John Allen hides from the $1,000,000 question

It's a full week since the exclusive series of investigative reports began unveiling a swarmy race-baiting attack during the Hoboken City Council meeting against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

That gift bestowed on her from the mayor's office came on Hannukah and trails literally to John Allen's door.

Ensuing cover-up attempts, finger-pointing, and distractions, re: the usual have followed, even as much of the stacked bullet points yesterday are confirmed and belatedly admitted as John Allen remains hiding from the $1,000,000 question.

WHY DID JOHN ALLEN'S FRIEND RUN TO HIS HOME AFTER DOING THE DIRTY DEED WITH HIS BFF IN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING? 

Mayor Ravi Bhalla's Chief of Staff John Allen

So here's the official running clock on the efforts to have John Allen answer to the public accountability of his role.

The question Hoboken is likely to see an answer to first is which of John Allen's friends turns up yet again a signatory to a legalese-fueled "ethics" complaint against sitting Council members.

It's simply "organic" they'll say in their best Big Lie gaslighting wink. In the famous sarcastic words of former Business Administrator Arch Liston, "Oh I believe that."



More to come

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Political operation goes sour as John Allen attempts coverup on council hit job

The fur is flying in the revealed series of stories here involving political hit jobs last week in the City Council leading literally back to the doorstep of Mayor Ravi Bhalla's Chief of Staff, John Allen.

Among the distractions, fabrications and silly attempts to attack the messenger, John Allen reportedly claims he was not contacted by MSV.

This as noted below is only one notable problem.

In all the gyrations including John Allen's glaringly obvious limp team effort with Nancy Pincus, head cave dweller at Sybil's Cave; he utterly fails to explain why Anthony Deleonardo dropped an ugly stink bomb apparently teaming up with Patty Waiters at the City Council - then immediately left - running to John Allen's door.

For the moment, here's the the true and actual evidence of MSV efforts since last week to contact John Allen.

On December 6th, this text message was sent to the recently returned Vijay Chaudhuri in the mayor's office:



There's a friendship with Vijay, the former chief of staff to Dawn Zimmer going back years and he called a little before 2:00 pm. The conversation lasted just over 15 minutes. The details of that frank discussion are off the record but on several occasions throughout; it was requested not once, not twice but several times for John Allen to "give me a call."

Vijay was receptive and as usual, professional throughout. There was no response from John Allen in the six days since that conversation.

At 8:10 am this morning, a message was left for John Allen informing him there was another major story going to publication in approximately an hour. Approximately an hour later, the story was published blowing the lid off the emerging scandal. 

John Allen is again invited to discuss the related issues of public concern at his convenience.

Talking Ed Note: MSV can confirm that Nancy Pincus did not seek any information here confirming the facts published since last week including those as stated above. In place of decency is a screed of lies. 

More to come.

EYEWITNESS: Attack dog seen arriving at home of John Allen minutes after departing council meeting

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

The following exclusive report is an accumulation of MSV's investigative efforts, analysis, and opinion now into the tenth year covering Hoboken government, politics, and corruption. All the opinions as stated below are the sole responsibility and copyright of MSV.

Tag team political/race-baiting attack on Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher revealed:

Anthony Deleonardo a "close friend of John Allen," Mayor Ravi Bhalla's Chief of Staff

Eyewitness: After the staged, scripted political operation in the City Council meeting, Anthony Deleonardo seen visiting Hoboken Chief of Staff John Allen at his home minutes later!

In the latest blockbuster in a series of reveals reported here beginning last Thursday:
  • John Allen is described as a "close friend" of Anthony Deleonardo, the speaker who delivered a back to back one-two punch in personal and race-baiting attacks with Patty Waiters against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.
  • Anthony Deleonardo left the council meeting & immediately reported to John Allen's home
  • Anthony Deleonardo exited the City Council chambers with his arm over certified bomb-thrower Patty Waiters as captured on the live City Council feed (see below).
  • Deleonardo is thought the signature on emerging pending political "ethics" complaints
  • A secret meeting was held a week prior at John Allen's home with Mayor Ravi Bhalla in attendance
  • The latest sordid political operation is eerily similar to earlier attacks on City Council members by another confirmed friend of John Allen revealed in an August MSV exclusive report.
  • The political race baiting efforts revealed are not unlike the atrocious smears seen in the 2017 Hoboken mayoral race which saw a Ravi Terror Flyer deployed days before the election.

John Allen, Mayor Ravi Bhalla's current Chief of Staff
has avoided answering to his role in the personal attacks
on Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher at last week's City Council meeting
Anthony Deleonardo, identified as another friend of
John Allen launching scripted political attacks on City Council members
not in lockstep with Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a council meeting.

In ironic if not karmic timing, a Hoboken homeowner witnessed Deleonardo arrive outside his building where John Allen is a resident. He unlocked the door allowing Deleonardo inside where the just departed City Council speaker stated he was seeking entrance to visit John Allen. It's the same John Allen who holds the position of Chief of Staff to Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

The resident was exiting the building to walk his dog but requested anonymity for fear of retaliation. That eyewitness confirmed the person entering the building to visit John Allen is the same person who appeared in the video on MSV last Thursday.

Another witness to the spectacle at last week's council meeting confirmed they were told of the personal relationship between John Allen and his "close friend" Anthony Deleonardo shortly after the meeting.

In yet another odd circumstance, the live City Council feed captured Deleonardo exiting the council chambers with his arm embraced over Patty Waiters. In an unprecedented attack even for her, a rant against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher alleged she held hatred for black people and she had supported another outsider BoE candidate who won the third seat in the school district election last month.

The official camera of the Hoboken City Council meeting captured this shot of a mostly empty chamber with
Anthony Deleonardo visible exiting (circled in red) after the public portion with his arm around BFF, bomb thrower Patty Waiters. He was seen visiting and admitted to the home of John Allen mere minutes later.

A week prior, at the same location where John Allen resides, Mayor Ravi Bhalla was seen arriving. Some believe the timing and the oddity of that offsite meeting may be tied to the political operation launched during last week's City Council public portion.

The political and race baiting attacks during the public portion of the City Council meeting represents an escalation of political savagery Hoboken was once known for but thought remanded permanently to the past.

MSV can also exclusively report that word of another alleged ethics complaint has been legally prepared for use against council members who've declined fealty to the mayor - again - scripted by Ravi Bhalla's Chief of Staff John Allen.

If all this feels a bit like "deja vu all over again," it is. Previous coordinated attacks last summer alleged to have been constructed out of the Hoboken mayor's office were focused on several council members but lacked the race-baiting one-two punch seen in last week's City Council meeting.

At the August council meeting, Hoboken resident Mike Donnelly claimed "no one sent" him. Not a month later, MSV exclusively reported Donnelly was seen having dinner at a table with John Allen and Ravi Bhalla at Dino and Harry's uptown.

Previously, Councilman Mike DeFusco issued a press release last August about coordinated attacks coming directly out of the mayor's office. From that release:


Repeated invitations to John Allen for this story have seen no response. Anthony Deleonardo is invited to offer his explanation at a suitable time and place.

Talking Ed Note: Welcome to Hoboken's 2019 City Council ward races, Ravi Bhalla & John Allen, master of ceremonies. If you liked the Ravi Terror Flyer last year, you're really going to love the 2019 City Council ward elections. This is a taste of what they have in store.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Councilwoman Jen Giattino: "City Hall is now being run as a political operation"

City Council VP Jen Giattino's public remarks point to direct evidence of race-baiting political attacks being orchestrated out of the mayor's office

At last week's City Council meeting, Council VP Jen Giattino returned from a brief chat outside the chambers during public portion to hear a trail of vindictive pus oozing from the resident microphone at Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

In the strongest public statements in her seven years as a councilwoman, elected three times by her council colleagues to lead the nine-member group as City Council President since 2011; Giattino lambasted the ugly race-baiting attacks against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher and pointed to their evidenced origin out of the Hoboken mayor's office.

"City Hall is now being run as a political operation," the two-term councilwoman stated matter-of-factly before adding, "instead of a governmental one."

Those remarks, low-key but devastating undressed Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the gutter mudslinging out of the mayor's office.

Giattino called up Patrick Wherry to discuss the details of an agenda meeting to remove a resolution to see Chris Brown appointed director replacing Brandy Forbes and allow council members a chance to meet with him "following protocol;" as the City Council President would allowing all its members of the council to meet with the candidate.

That meeting took place on the Thursday prior to last Wednesday's council meeting at 5:30. A mere two hours later, Giattino noted that Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher was being attacked and called racist online.

Noting that Councilwoman Fisher didn't even attend the agenda meeting, Giattino pointed to the obvious source of the race-baiting attacks that have followed on Ravi Bhalla's paid political operative website and others, most recently, this one.

"Whoever Patrick reported to (in the mayor's office) after that is clearly the person that started spreading this word. And I think it's so so rude to Chris Brown to put that out there... How do you think he's feeling about this? This is disgusting."

Giattino concluded by pointing the finger directly at the Ravi Bhalla Administration for launching this race-baiting attack against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher and saying both the councilwoman and Chris Brown were owed an apology. Some of her remarks appear below:



In addition to the gutter tactics seen coming out of the mayor's office against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, there's more abject filth appearing online calling Councilman Mike DeFusco an anti-Semite.

A reader submitted evidence from the political operative website where Ravi Bhalla runs his paid political operations. Even loyal campaign supporters back to the days of former mayor Dawn Zimmer have publicly, and loudly, begun bailing. Here is the first submitted instance and apparently all of it appears to the present on Nancy Pincus' cult of personality website on behalf of Ravi Bhalla:




Talking Ed Note: Does any of this give the Hoboken public pause and insight into who's behind the Ravi Terror Flyer? Look at all of the evidentiary revelations going from the Hoboken City Council Chambers and leading foursquare into the Hoboken mayor's office for the clues.

If we could only point to the list of unseemly actions and revelations since January as an abject disappointment.

You are so much worse than a disappointment Ravi.

More to come.

Monday, December 10, 2018

When the mayor's office goes Al Sharpton on a Jewish councilwoman for Hanukkah

Mayor Ravi Bhalla's Chief of Staff John Allen has some race baiting 'splaining to do

The buzz began last week after a full-on assault on Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, a good government policy wonk snared in an Al Sharpton level attack during the City Council meeting.

She also happens to share a similarity with another former councilwoman good government advocate in Dawn Zimmer: both are Jewish.

This Al Sharpton-like political operation was hatched, conducted and deployed using Hoboken taxpayer's money right out of Mayor Ravi Bhalla's office. There's more to this exclusive story.

Unlike the Ravi Terror Flyer, this one was burned almost immediately in the Hoboken Horse exclusive report on Thursday:



That's right John Allen, I'm calling you out. That's for starters. Stop hiding!

Ravi Bhalla Chief of Staff John Allen

This story is breaking...

Talking Ed Note: Meanwhile, at the loony bin Sybil's Cave, the cult of personality Ravibot website, Ravi Bhalla campaign operatives are in-fighting whether a pending City Council ordinance the mayor's office is limited to two confidential aides under NJ statute.

While fascinating to see Bhalla campaign operatives differ publicly on the issue; it's beside the point.

The real question is will the City Council ordinance pass at the next meeting limiting the mayor's office to two when one of the three departs?

It's not Jason Freeman who will be terminated but John Allen who will be waved goodbye. If the ordinance passes, the mayor would not be able to replace his impending departure keeping the mayor's office at two confidential aides and limiting further scummy political operations as seen last week.

More to come.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: "UDD, Monarch, Washington St, Clydesdales, Personal Attacks"

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors:
I hope everyone is settling into the weekend and either went or was able to see online the Lighting of Hoboken’s Christmas Tree.  We are in the season full swing!  I unfortunately could not make it as I am away to attend a funeral for a longtime family friend who at 80, passed peacefully with a smile on his face and surrounded by loved ones.    
There is always a lot happening in our own version of Sesame Street… this newsletter includes an update on just a few:
  • Hoboken Waterfront – UDD and Monarch
  • Update from 12/7 Council Meeting including:
    • Protective and medical Marijuana legislation
    • Update on Washington St. timing
    • Personal attacks against me
  • The Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Hoboken
(FORMER) UNION DRY DOCK SITE
As you may have seen, Mayor Bhalla issued the following statement yesterday that he received notification that the US Army Corps of Engineers has given approval for NY Waterways to move their ferry operations to the former Union Dry Dock site.   
“I have just received notice that the US Army Corps of Engineers has granted NY Waterway a permit to move their ferry maintenance and refueling depot from Weehawken to the former Union Dry Dock site in Hoboken.  I am incredibly disappointed but for me, this fight is far from over.  I am re-doubling my efforts to ensure that this property will be a public park, NOT a ferry maintenance and refueling depot.  Before NY Waterway is given permission by Governor Murphy to ravage our waterfront and environment, I invite the Governor and NJ Transit to visit the site so they can see firsthand the detrimental impact this will have on the families and children of our community.”
This decision is so frustrating, although not unexpected.  Mayor Bhalla has already reached out to both Senators Menendez and Booker and, along with the City Council, remains committed to continuing this fight.  
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Graphic credit: Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront
The single most critical next step is for Mayor Bhalla, Governor Murphy and NJ Transit to agree on a superior location for ferry operations.   And right now all reports – ours and NJ Transits - point to Hoboken’s own Lackawanna Terminal as one of the preferred sites.  Given this approval, it may be more difficult to stop NYWW from occupying the former UDD site in the near term, but that doesn’t mean we should not stop fighting for the right permanent location elsewhere.
I urge all Hoboken residents to call Governor Murphy’s office at 609-292-6000, tell him how important our waterfront is to our community and ask him to do the right thing for his constituents: protect Hoboken’s waterfront and better align all public transportation at one or all of the superior sites identified, including Hoboken’s Lackawanna Terminal.  Please also email our representatives and post on twitter and FB including the links for the video showing our waterfront and to the Alternative Site Engineering reports.  
To those who are less supportive of this effort.  Please note none of us are supportive of NYWW shutting down under any circumstances.  That is not what this is about.  This is about continuing the decades-long effort of protecting our waterfront for the best and highest use for Hoboken and working for the best strategic solution for all transportation needs.   
MONARCH

Last week, I attended the oral arguments for the remaining legal case outstanding relating to Monarch.  This was the appeal of the lower court decision that Hoboken's flood ordinance banning residential development in high flood zones along the waterfront does not apply to the Monarch site.  What is being decided is whether health and safety trump property interests.  The judges pushed the attorneys on why our ordinances should not be seen as being targeted at the developer, and the attorneys for the city's position did a great job explaining both the legal position as well as providing context of what the flooding risks are in Hoboken.  As Mayor Bhalla recently said, appeals are difficult to win, but we await the decision which we expect to receive at the earliest, prior to the end of the year, but more likely early in 2019.  
Also, as you may have heard through the grapevine, Mayor Bhalla is actively working with Dave Barry and Ironstate/Applied, owners of the proposed Monarch site as well as other development sites in Hoboken, to identify a solution that could see the conclusion to the longstanding battle for our waterfront including vacating their interests on the north waterfront.  This is by no means a secret, and Mayor Bhalla encouraged socializing this issue more broadly as he continues settlement discussions.  
He recently met with residents across Hoboken including my neighbors at Hudson Tea to discuss ideas and get input.  If you happen to be someone in the commercial real estate advisory and/or appraisal industry who is interested in seeing a settlement and could offer some thoughts on evaluating development projects, I urge you to reach out to the mayor’s office to offer your support.  Profitability is the main currency in development negotiations and is front and center in this settlement.  

Friday, December 7, 2018

Holiday Grist: US Army Corps of Engineers approve permit for NY Waterway at Union Dry Dock

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


The Hoboken Horse at MSV can exclusively report the pending decision from the US Army Corps of Engineers came in and NY Waterway may commence full commercial operations at the site of the former Union Dry Dock.

It's unclear for the moment when exactly the decision came down but reliable sources inside City Hall confirm the unified fight among many in the city from Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Council President Ruben Ramos, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher on down to community activists is lost.




Talking Ed Note: After former mayor Dawn Zimmer completed her second term, there was a discussion in the community to obtain the Union Dry Dock site and add it to the public waterfront.

This all but confirms what some close political observers had anticipated. NY Waterway has the green light to continue work and begin its commercial operations at the former Union Dry Dock site.
More on all this to come.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column but its success makes it the most popular column in all the Mile Square City. Have a tasty carrot for Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com and be assured your confidentiality is protected with MSV's State of NJ Shield Law protections upheld repeatedly in Hudson County Superior Court.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Horse is a witness: Mayoral council operation -dealing the race card from the bottom of the deck

MSV provides its opinion/analysis on orchestrated ugly race-baiting at last night's City Council meeting

Holiday season marred in Hoboken as political operation launched in council playing the race card

Let's make it official. The council ward races are almost a year off, people are beginning their holiday season and the latest political operation to attack council members who refuse to bow to Mayor Ravi Bhalla and capitulate without question or even a lone dissenting vote is well underway.

As witnessed, we've already seen this odd tack of attacking an individual councilman for a lone differing vote of no consequence. In a very publicized prior instance first reported on MSV, Councilman Jim Doyle found himself at the end of an attack in a TV commercial for being a lone dissenting no vote. That came courtesy of Ravi Bhalla's construction union allies on the Hilton Hotel vote.

That construction union spokesman declined to apologize and one should not expect any apology for the gutter politics practiced lofting on high the race card in the council meeting last night. More likely, the mayor's office will be continuing the practice using morons and its gutter paid political operative website to do so. It was already tossed on to the barbie there prior to last night's meeting. (Might I digress for the moment to add, these people are sick - and drunk with power.)

Here's the footage of the latest Trojan Horse stand-in orchestrated right out of the mayor's office during public portion. This is about 180 degrees from how the dignity of the office was managed by former mayor Dawn Zimmer who made an appearance on the outgoing community development director Brandy Forbes.

But let's return back to the scene of the crime with one Anthony Deeretardo (sp?). There are several obvious giveaways on the latest would-be attack dog for the Ravi Bhalla Administration. First the video clip from last night's meeting.



This performance art read from a preapproved script (take a bow John Allen) alleges it will be addressing ethics. This, originating from the very ethically challenged, two-timing job oath breaker and an employee ripped off with the NJ Supreme Court just shy of law license being suspended for the Law Office of Ravi Bhalla.

Stop laughing. Race baiting is about to become the mayor's chosen tool to issue political payback to the former Hoboken Democrat Chair, ally, and second ward councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

It begins with a ham-fisted allegation that there is an "audacity" of attacking Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante (who would with no small irony be awarded by the same council a 10K raise elevating his salary to over 200K). The alleged attack apparently consisted of some social media comments by Councilman Mike DeFusco and questions submitted in writing by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher about the Ravimobile.

Amounting to nothing on the security aspects voiced, the pre-written remarks deem it "undermining the work of the police department" and it has "set off political vendettas." Huh?

Wheely? How rich is the irony, pardon the pun does it follow with the council seeing the Hoboken Police Chief made the only local public official earning over $200,000 a year with a raise later in the very same meeting? This of course, has nothing to with any alleged "undermining" or "political vendetta." It has everything to do with the very embarrassing revelation the Ravi Bhalla Administration purchased a gas guzzling 2018 Ford Expedition for $63,000 and has used it with an HPD security detail to take his kids to school, a political junket to Atlantic City and that most dangerous hood known in the Soprano State as the NJ governor's mansion.

This three-minute hit job manufactured out of the mayor's office, however, wasn't done. This was the opening act. Act I claimed defending Chief Ferrante's "name" but it's unmistakable the name that is reacting and lashing out. Ravi, how ya doin?

Act II was a charge of the council "attempts to obstruct" Hoboken government. Reference was made to an ordinance passed on first reading later that evening about a reduction of mayoral aides from three to two under the state of New Jersey guidelines.

Mayoral aide Jason Freeman is named as being a target of the proposed ordinance. Only Jason Freeman is not a target of any ordinance let alone the one being sponsored by Councilman Mike DeFusco. The ordinance pending at the next meeting says the NJ State guidelines must be two mayoral aides and not three, an increase in political bodies Mayor Ravi Bhalla performed as one of his first acts becoming mayor.

Unlike former mayor Dawn Zimmer, who operated with one mayoral aide for a mere 35K in her first year, Ravi Bhalla began busting the budget adding hundreds of thousands in cost to the mayor's office. Dawn Zimmer began as mayor by REDUCING the budget of the mayor's office by over $400,000. Yes, impressive.

The political operative op calls the proposed ordinance, "politics of personal destruction" which impacts none of the three mayoral aides in actuality. If approved, it will only take effect if and when one of the three mayoral aides currently on the books leaves; then the proposed ordinance would restrict the mayor from hiring another new, third mayoral aide.

Is the real origination of the whining starting to become clear? The stilted delivery, unable to read the prepared speech handed to him is only a hint. There's more. Hey, John Allen when you meet to coach this guy, can you at least make sure he can pronounce the word "hypocrisy." He had trouble reading from your script.

Then the race card is dealt right from the bottom of the deck against Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher. First, the John Allen political operative tool begins by pointing to Jennifer Gonzalez who was approved by the council months ago in her capacity acting at City Hall. This is intended to be part of a litany of race-baiting attacks but there's only one small problem. Ms. Gonazalez's father is from Spain and this isn't the best basis to initiate a race-baiting attack.

OOPS.

Worse, that little race baiting faux pas is doubled as leverage with Chris Brown who was up for council approval later the same evening. Councilwoman Fisher's comment that Hoboken has "the opportunity to reposition this role and make it bigger" after Forbes' departure and that she wanted "to better understand Chris' qualifications" has been despicably used to lob ugly smears she is racist. That attack was generated and appeared on the Ravi Bhalla paid political operative website only days earlier. Disgusting stuff below the worst ever appearing on Hoboken411 in its heyday. The tell in the John Allen operation here is the reference to any personnel choice of the mayor even being questioned. You know Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken dictator, grand poo-bah and the mere suggestion of wanting to learn more about a candidate's qualifications means, yes you guessed it, racist!

That's the game plan and they're sticking with it. Notice the reaction of the man visible in the first row at the 2:09 mark. He looks rather unhappy with this gross performance being directed out of the mayor's office about inferred racism against "a Hispanic, African-American and a Sikh."

Is that right? Yes, we're about two minutes in and we're nosediving right into the gutter. The stupid race-baiting leads to feigned fear of this "turning into a lawsuit" against the City. Chris Brown would later easily be confirmed as expected with a lone abstention by Fisher related to timing for council interviews and a desire for an interim designation in the position. Hardly earth shattering let alone racist. MSV invites John Allen and Ravi Bhalla to explain how people being hired by our local government (and approved by the City Council) can lead to a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination? John Allen is a lawyer, soon to be departing to practice law so MSV welcomes his explanation on this buffoonery.

The race baiting vapidity of these three minutes ends urging Council President Ruben Ramos to reign in the alleged indecency of council members not voting in lockstep with Ravi Bhalla. (Hey at least Jim Doyle got off the hook with a lone dissenting vote without being called a racist. Congrats Jim!)

This political operation ugliness would follow in public portion with more directly planned racist tirades from bomb-thrower Patty Waiters. She alternates calling her failure to win elected office by attacking the Hoboken BoE and City Council as racist. Last night, she directed a similar tirade toward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher who voiced her willingness to take legal action for any such slander.

Well, when you use a tool as in the past, (HHA anyone), that's the whole idea. Should Hoboken expect more race-baiting and worse being directed out of the mayor's office? More on this as MSV breaks it down. Yes, there's more.

Council VP Jen Giattino returned to chambers during public portion
to catch the tail end of a race-baiting attack on Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.
She would follow with her strongest statements in her seven years
on the dais defending Fisher and also Chris Brown who she said
were both owed apologies for the political operation deployed last night.

Talking Ed Note: Council VP Jen Giattino spoke to a policeman outside the chambers during public portion and returned to hear portions of the Patty-Deeretardo high-fiving orchestrated attacks. She came out with her strongest remarks and condemnation of the behavior spanning her seven years on the council.

More on that coming up.

So John Allen/Ravi Bhalla, your move. Own it.