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February 20, 2015
Back in December 2011, a classic moment in Hoboken City Council history was recorded in the annals of "the internets" when Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason got into a dust-up with Business Administrator Arch Liston.
Liston grew frustrated with grandstanding on a simple end of year line item transfer blocked by Beth Mason and her allies in the Russo faction.
The classic interchange remembered fondly by many (video below) ended with BA Liston mocking prepared comments delivered by Mason suggesting she paid someone to do it for her.
Beth Mason blithely responds to his suggestion haughtily retorting, "I write my own stuff."
Liston then infamously quipped, "Yeah, I believe that."
Who was telling the truth?
Earlier that same year, Beth Mason business partner and paid political operative James Barracato penned an email to Lane Bajardi, Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi and Sara Stojkovic showing his written speech Beth Mason delivered for a City Council meeting opposing a reform proposed anti-wheeling pay-to-play ordinance.
In the 2010 Hoboken council fourth ward special election, the Mason family wheeled at a minimum $14,000 to the Occhipinti for Council campaign. Some observers believe it may have been $20,000 or more. Occhipinti declared by Mason political operatives "an independent" candidate for the fourth ward would immediately vote to install Beth Mason the Hoboken City Council President.
Mason's council reign spanning months to July is believed the shortest in living memory.
Here is an original, unedited and complete copy of the February 17th, 2011 email:
Related: MSV's original report on the Liston-Mason hoedown with our original video.