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Campaign office launch on 8th and Washington shows familiar Old Guard support
The Hoboken mayoral race is officially in swing with the lackluster launch of the Ruben Ramos campaign office at 8th and Washington.
The event reveals some familiar faces in the Old Guard but clearly lacked the cohesion most observers feel is necessary to mount a strong challenge to the popular mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Council slate candidates Eduardo Gonzalez and Laura Miani gave speeches and quickly departed while fellow council candidate Joe Mindak remained for a spell with mayoral challenger Ruben Ramos.
|The Vision for Hoboken campaign office officially opened last night at 8th and Washington Street|
Among those in attendance: Councilman Michael Russo and his mother, the "Boss" Michele Russo, Mason operative and Vision 20/20 proponent David Liebler, former co-campaign manager of the BoE Move Forward slate Joe Branco, second ward Masonista Ines Garcia Keim, Bayonne resident and former Assembly aide Nick Calicchio and one woman with the surname Corea, a relative of former Hoboken Parking Director John Corea who was demoted by Mayor Zimmer with his salary severely reduced. Corea was later convicted for looting approximately $1,000,000 in quarters from parking meters and is serving a seven year sentence in state prison.
The decor is described as frat house with lots of couches "not a campaign office" according to one observer with "all the (political) degenerates." The pizza from points unknown got a thumbs down tasting "like cement."
Among the Old Guard crew clearly missing was Frank "Pupie" Raia who is described as squarely against Ruben Ramos, Anthony "Stick" Romano, the Hudson County Freeholder who considered running for mayor and Beth Mason who maybe sent the pizza or a check to cover it.
|Former BoE Move Forward co-campaign manager Joe Branco speaks as Councilman Michael Russo contemplates|
the situation with Hoboken moving into election season.
Talking Ed Note: Late this morning a press conference at the PATH station downtown will host NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel, Ruben Ramos and Tim Occhipinti discussing climate change and its impact on the state. The event is being billed as a press conference but it's unclear what news can possibly come out of it.
Tittel has injected himself into local politics several times this year most recently appearing with gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono at a sparsely attended astroturf event on Pier A and criticizing the mayor's multi-tiered plan for storm protections last February. Why he's appearing at a "press conference" with only Ruben Ramos and Tim Occhipinti on climate change has people scratching their heads, others among the Hoboken political grapevine are ridiculing it.
Da Horsey isn't expecting much news out of "the presser."