Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jen Giattino thanks community volunteers in clean up effort

From the desk of 6th ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino:

Greetings from Jen Giattino for City Council
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am happy to report that the second
Clean It Up Hoboken Day was another success!
On Sunday, October 2nd residents from
all over Hoboken came out to clean up
our city. 
I would like to personally thank the 20+
volunteers (both adults and children) that helped me in the 6th Ward.
I am so lucky to be part of such a caring community.

The original Clean It Up Hoboken Day was organized to raise community awareness about an ordinance against the distribution and postings of handbills, flyers, and circulars on utility poles, signs, & other public spaces.
This was a big issue in Hoboken. However since then, the postings & distributions of these advertisements have greatly decreased.

Now that this issue has started to subside, we were able to concentrate on much more than just postings at the second Clean It Up Hoboken Day.  This time around we were able to clean the trash off the sidewalks, the streets, and in the parks as well! The volunteers worked very hard to pick up all litter and Hoboken looks even cleaner because of their efforts.

I do plan to organize, as do my fellow council members, more clean up days in the future so our community can keep gathering together to raise awareness.
However, I hope we can work together on a regular basis, along with The Department of Environmental Services, to keep our city clean.Environmental Services is working to enforce the ordinance mentioned above and on keeping our streets clean.
All of this will help us to continue to restore Hoboken to the beautiful place we know it can be. 



Gov. Chris Christie's statement

Staying to finish the job in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie as expected announced outside his office he would not be jumping in for the Republican nomination earlier today.

Saying he has work left to do, he did not rule out future consideration for any job including President.

Talking Ed Note: One Old Guard stalwart at City Hall remarked to Da Horsey a month ago, he wished Chris Christie would run for President and "get out of here."

At that time, our reply was we wanted him to stay and finish the job.  However, there appears to be a lack of political courage to tackle the big issues at the national level.  President Obama declined to act on the recommendations of a committee to reduce the national debt.  His jobs program scoffed at by most analysts has been tabled by his own Democratic allies in Congress.

Well let's move on to the next exciting local event.  No, not the hospital, we just want to see that reach the finish line.
But yes, it's coming.  It's coming to the Old Guard near you.  Hi Bet!

Gov. Christie press conference set for 1:00 today

The Governor may have made a decision on whether to jump into the Presidential race and if so, he may tell us today at a 1:00 pm press conference.

On another note, a source close to high levels at the hospital has stated the court hearing will be delayed again this week with negotiations yet underway.

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday.  Courtesy the Star Ledger/Nj.com

UPDATE: 11:02 - An unconfirmed source Da Horsey places high confidence in from Trenton is telling us:

Now a no go? 

Yes, there's horsey fans all over NJ and we are confident with this one unconfirmed source.

Update 11:09 Our source reversed and now indicates National Review and ABC News who say Governor Christie will not run are probably correct.

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Horse Sense: With time running out, the answer from Gov. Christie on a presidential run must be yes

Gov. Chris Christie finds himself in a unique position.  He's late to the big dance to seek the Republican nomination but the nation's dour mood plummets and Americans wonder where the bottom is with the worst economy since President Jimmy Carter. As the Governor considers the odds, the will and the logistics to run, his largest advantage is balanced almost equally by the creeping if not racing calendar.

It's a battle of leadership vs. the primary's receding timetables.  Gov. Christie, love him or hate him exudes the leadership Americans crave.  He's taken on the big tasks with gusto and a bluntness surprising even by New Jersey standards.

On the perils the State is facing, he looked into the eye of the largest deficits of any State in the country on a percentage basis and made real 9% cuts without raising taxes and balancing the budget.  In two consecutive years, he's shown no hesitation to do what's needed to save the State making enemies of special interests who have made other State officials cower at the thought of even considering the taxpayer against their desires.

In the face of that political climate, Governor Christie didn't even flinch.  He just made the hard calls for all of New Jersey. There is no kicking the can down the road with Chris Christie.  It sets him above and beyond any political candidate announced or not on America's electoral horizon.

Your in good hands.  The Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno greets Councilwoman Beth Mason at the July 1 Council swearing in ceremony.  If Gov. Christie is out of State on a temporary (or permanent basis) she's in charge.  Did you know the Lt. Governor was a sheriff?  Looks like Beth Mason knows.  

On the flip side is the lack of time to hit the ground running in Iowa, New Hampshire and also Florida.  He's way behind in awareness, infrastructure with merely weeks left before those states completely take over the momentum battle in a nomination.

From a logical standpoint, there's not much to consider.  It's too late for the battle to begin for your campaign when professionals like Mitt Romney have been running for years and setting up a national campaign infrastructure effectively longer than you have held office.

But is this a normal election cycle?  Is the standard calculus with the economy so paramount to most Americas immovable for a candidate with the courage and bravery to speak the truth on what needs to be done TODAY?  Can the Age of the Internet act to offset in a positive way organization on the ground to get the message out and win the Republican nomination?

These are not normal times.  The void at the top in America is so apparent, even Democratic leaders in Congress are not bothering to move on President Obama's jobs bill.  When your own party sees your keynote legislation on the economy as a non-starter you've really hit rock bottom.

The question is where does this put America?  These are difficult times not just for where we stand today but where the existing roadmap takes us.  Currently, there is no leadership to tackle the "big issues" as Gov. Christie might call them and turn things around while there is a window to do so. This nation is a ticking time bomb and the problems are reaching a fork threatening to become a tsunami of negative outcomes.  The need for political courage to stop this freight train is overdue.  The train has left the station.

Time waits for no man.  And time calls of its own accord, not according to any manmade clock.  It's time for Governor Chris Christie to answer to the bells of time and step up to the challenge of running for President.  This nation doesn't have any time to lose.

Governor Chris Christie, this nation calls on you and your family to serve America in this perilous hour.  With the challenges of the primary clock as equally menacing as the nation's problems, there can only be one answer.

It's time.