Today is a celebration of Hoboken past, present and most likely future as that authors of The Jersey Sting retake the scene of many bribes recounted in their book and will host an event at the Malibu Diner.
Just yesterday, Grafix Avenger scooped everyone with an inside look on what La Familia is up to here in town. Her source hits all the right notes and suggests the Russo's are planning to strike back hard for the revelation of Mike Russo's well kept secret - he had a sit down with the famous FBI informant Solomon Dwek and agreed to multiple payments of $5,000.
Yesterday while having a bite, spoke to one local business owner who was still lost in last week's news. Told him this week's news was about Mike Russo. His reaction was beyond non-pulsed. He said much like someone in the 'Association.' Well he didn't take the money right? All I could tell him was, "Have you ever heard of the word conspiracy?"
If you wonder why the crooks run rampant in New Jersey, this is the perfect illustration why. Thankfully, this owner is not a Hoboken voter, but plenty share his sentiments as they are and at one point he says to me, "You guys are all the same." No joke.
Today's celebration of Hoboken corruption begins at 3:30 and continues to 5:00. It promises to be a great time, except if you are a supporter of the Russo crime syndicate. Because as Mike Russo once said knowingly back after his campaign manager Peter Cammarano's arrest, calling attention to Hoboken doesn't do any good for anybody.
What he meant was any more light cast on Hoboken is going to get him busted.
With that Da Horsey proudly brings you the satire from August 9th, 2009 to tide you over until the 3:30 event at the Malibu:
No negative light on Hoboken. Capesh?
Word around town is that Pulitzer Prize winner, Jimmy Breslin now 80 is patrolling our streets looking for stories on NJ corruption. He made an appearance at the Jersey City protest earlier this week. Breslin arrives just days after the passing of “On the Waterfront” screenwriter Budd Schulberg. Schulberg had just visited Hoboken last week for a reading of his famous Hoboken based movie.
Now who would Breslin speak to for background on his book in Hoboken? Well how could he not speak to say Mike Russo, Hoboken City Council representative and someone who might know something.
Jimmy Breslin: So Mr. Russo, your father Anthony, former mayor had some run ins with the law.
Mike Russo: My family doesn’t know nuthin about dat. And if we did, it would shed a negative light on Hoboken.
JB: So you aren’t denying that your father was a party to the culture of corruption in New Jersey?
Mike Russo: All I can say is that my family has nuthin to say about no corruption. It would be negative to be talkin about any corruption in Hoboken.
JB: Well I happen to be writing a book right now about New Jersey corruption. You know I’m 80 years old and could use some helpful background.
MR: If you want to see Hoboken as it should be, consider speaking to our potential new mayor Terry Castellano.
JB: Does she know anything about corruption in Hoboken?
MR: You can ask her but she’s busy getting ready for my wedding. Don’t think she’ll recall anything. You know it wouldn’t shed a positive light on Hoboken.
JB: You seem very concerned about Hoboken’s public image.
MR: I do not, and will not speak bad about Hoboken. We have rules here, no negative light on nutin. It's bad for business.
JB: And what about those who differ and have protested after the FBI’s information released on the former mayor?
MR: They are not the real Hoboken. Ask them if they were born here.
JB: Well don’t all residents of Hoboken have the same rights as other Americans?
MR: They have their rights. And they have the right not to put negative attention on Hoboken.
JB: I think I’m getting the picture here.
MR: Glad that you are understanding.
JB: Last question, Mike, do you know what century this is and have you ever heard of the US Constitution?
MR: Have you ever heard the saying don’t rat?
JB: Recall that came up in, “On the Waterfront” a famous movie filmed in Hoboken.
MR: I refuse to watch that movie or have anything to do with anything negative about Hoboken.
JB: Okay, got it. Thanks.
Related: Carly Baldwin's famous interview with Mike Russo:
"Calling attention to Hoboken doesn't do any good for anybody"
Talking Ed Note: Funny enough, it's not only Councilwoman Beth Mason, Mike Russo's ally who doesn't want to call attention to this, but Hoboken411 is posting the police report on the assault on Director Ian Sacs in the most yellow journalism style with Beth Mason's minon interjecting lies and inneuendo throughout.
(Grafix Avenger's source indicates the Russo clan had hoped to see Ian Sacs fired and worked hard to bring that result. They are frustrated they haven't achieved those ends to use against Mayor Zimmer. Looks like they will give it another try to deflect from Mike Russo.)
That's how desperate they are. They want to keep people from finding out about Mike Russo's sit down.
The Jersey Journal hasn't breathed a word about Mike Russo and Solomon Dwek breaking bread either. Editor Augie Torres had a nice interview published with Mike Russo a few weeks back. Just yesterday the Jersey Journal mentioned the book, but nary a word about Councilman Russo who appears inside.