Friday, March 28, 2014

Phil Cohen announces run for Freeholder - Mayor Zimmer, Mayor Fulop and County Democratic Chair Prieto all extend endorsement

From the desk of Freeholder candidate Phil Cohen:


Phil Cohen today announced his candidacy for 5th District Freeholder in the June 3 democratic primary. An attorney who serves as a Commissioner on the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment, Phil Cohen has a long history of active involvement in local civic affairs. Cohen has served as a Vice Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party and a member of the Hoboken Planning Board. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, the past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Stevens Cooperative School, and a recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation.

Phil Cohen said, “I am running for Freeholder to bring greater cost-effectiveness and fiscal responsibility to county government. I have seen first hand the real difference Mayor Zimmer’s fiscal reforms have made here in Hoboken and I have also seen the positive changes Mayor Fulop is making in Jersey City. As Freeholder, I will employ a similar approach.”

Phil Cohen said, “I am a strong supporter of workers’ rights and protecting the middle class, including the recent successful effort to raise the State’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25.” Phil Cohen went on to say. “I will be a strong voice for Hoboken and Jersey City on the Freeholder Board.” Cohen noted that he was proud to be running on the County's Democratic line with Senator Booker and Congressman Sires, and pledged an active, grassroots campaign.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said “I’ve known Phil Cohen for many years and his service to our community has been exemplary. He will fight for the residents of our district to make sure that our voices are heard and we are treated fairly. I am proud to support Phil, and know that he will work hard for our district.”

Mayor Fulop said “Phil Cohen has the kind of commitment to good government that we desperately need in County Government. His experience as an engaged municipal leader will make him an enormous asset to our County. I strongly support his candidacy for Freeholder.”

“Phil Cohen is a strong candidate to serve the Fifth District and Hudson County,” said HCDO Chairman Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. “I am proud to join Mayor Zimmer and Mayor Fulop in supporting Phil and his Freeholder campaign for the upcoming June primary.”

Hudson County’s 5th Freeholder District includes all of Hoboken and a portion of Jersey City. 

When the love is gone...

An internal report from the New Jersey governor's office cleared him of wrong doing in BridgeGate with a cherry on top absolving any allegation regarding the charges by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer of a quid pro quo on Sandy aid for approving the northwest project proposed by the Rockefeller Group.

Shocking no one but with its million dollar fee, the law firm hired to perform an internal investigation came back with its results implicitly suggesting Gov. Christie may be a viable candidate in the presidential sweepstakes in 2016 after all.

Or was that report's conclusion all along?

The Star Ledger featured that story with the report stating Governor Christie had "no role" in BridgeGate while yet another Star Ledger story focused on Mayor Dawn Zimmer's account, with the law firm's report calling her allegations "unbelievable" and "demonstrably false."

Mayor Zimmer's administration which declined to work with the governor's internal investigation saw the mayor dismiss the report as biased and again offer to testify on the matter when it counts most, "under oath.  In a statement the mayor called the law firm's report a "one-sided whitewash."

Gov. Chris Christie visited Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy and enveloped the mayor and Hoboken with affection.
It was returned in kind last November by Hoboken voters but those days seem long past now.

Talking Ed Note: While the mayor continues to hold steady to her position and offers to testify under oath there should be no illusion what people may say with the stakes so high and the Oval Office itself the prize.

Political operatives, (wannabe) career loyalists and lawyers who without hesitation are willing to out and out lie - and worse - lie under oath appear less a rare a commodity these days. For a taste of such vermin, see your local band of dwindling, embittered (and paid) Masonistas.

Better yet, don't. You can thank Da Horsey later.