Thursday, September 26, 2013

BREAKING: Timmy Occhipinti 'quits job' to chase mayor's seat

With only 40 days left in election race, Occhipinti says he quit job to campaign

Tim Occhipinti quit his help desk application support job at Alliance Bernstein he says to pursue the mayor's office according to a story on Hoboken Patch.

According to a campaign statement, he said:

"I am extremely committed to this election and I want the people of Hoboken to know that I am dedicated to them and will fight full-time for their point of view," Occhipinti said. "I am going to live the next few months on a very tight budget which is something every taxpayer understands too well and wishes City Hall did the same."

But according to the calendar there's only 50 40 days to the November election, less than two months!

Occhipinti who currently occupies the fourth ward council seat since 2010 is best known for his controversial election which featured 575 "campaign workers" - the vast majority all vote-by-mail participants on paper ballots as reported in the Hudson Reporter.

MSV reported on the "anomaly" earlier where leading into the election almost to a person 79 of 80 "campaign workers" had already voted by paper ballots.  That story was picked up by PolitickerNJ.

Occhipinti reportedly was earning $75,000 in his help desk role at Alliance Bernstein making the mayor's seat pay of less than 115K a potentially significant raise in his earnings.


Tim Occhipinti at the recent 1600 Park ribbon cutting ceremony.
Running for mayor is now his full time job.

As a 2010 candidate, Occhipinti said he would decline the City's medical benefit plan offered to council members.  It's unclear if he will continue to do so.

Occhipinti has been backed with thousands of dollars by business interests outside of Hoboken and massive support from the Beth Mason family.  He's being underwritten as part of developer Frank "Pupie" Raia's slate this election.

Correction: One active member of election season notes there's only 40 days left in the campaign - just over a month!