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Friday, March 27, 2015

Sara's ultimatum: 'No talking to Michael or Tony'


2007 Council candidate Dawn Zimmer refuses to take orders
from Sara Stojkovic, Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi and Lane Bajardi who she can speak to.

The following analysis is based on actual complete emails shown below and obtained from the Beth Mason campaign in the Bajardi v Pincus litigation. Additional analysis is included from collected MSV sources over years. The opinions here are MSV's own although others may share some if not all of its conclusions.


In 2007, a struggle ensued for control over Hoboken's nascent but rising reform movement as Hoboken residents, new and old realized enough was enough and the rampant culture of corruption could only be stopped by a force equal or stronger at the ballot box.

Among those swimming in those fourth ward campaign waters was the campaign manager for the Dawn Zimmer fourth ward council effort, Sara Stojkovic. Her resignation from that campaign led to her joining full force with Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi in a Mason controlled front group called "Vote Hoboken" seeking to elevate Beth Mason to the mayor's seat.

Under the Vote Hoboken banner, Beth Mason political operatives would attempt to have two rival reform council candidates knuckle under. As part of their desire to see Beth Mason rise above all others, their insistence on having their orders obeyed would in part lead to a permanent split with years long rabid desires for revenge against then council candidates Peter Cunningham and Dawn Zimmer

According to MSV sources intimate to the discussions at that time, Lane Bajardi was the first to insist there be no dialogue or participation whatsoever by either Michael Lenz or Tony Soares on the Dawn Zimmer fourth ward council campaign.

Bajardi would follow that demand with another; Dawn Zimmer's husband, Stan Grossbard must remove himself completely from any involvement in his wife's fourth ward council campaign. The Zimmer family would recoil and reject that demand.

Like Bajardi, the email below shows a singular demand neither Michael Lenz or Tony Soares be permitted to speak to the fourth ward council candidate. Both Lenz and Soares were fourth ward residents and would volunteer on the campaign as others.

For Sara Stojkovic, the refusal by council candidate Zimmer to acquiesce to her demands led her to quit the campaign entirely and join with the Bajardis as an intimate member among Beth Mason's political operatives.

Stojkovic would repeat her take it or leave it demand, Tony Soares or me and be unhappy with the ultimatum's outcome. It led to a finality culminating in many minds with the announcement of the Bajardi litigation by Beth Mason herself in the July 2012 City Council meeting.

With no small irony, Stojkovic would describe her perceived campaign rivals as "the two most dysfunctional malicious misfits in Hoboken."

The abundant irony of taking up with Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi to advance Beth Mason's political career is one left to the reader.

Some long time Hoboken political observers see Stojkovic's departure to the Beth Mason camp as one launching Dawn Zimmer's rise to fourth ward council and as a twice elected Hoboken mayor.

Alternatively, Stojkovic's efforts along with Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi (inclusive of the Bajardi's litigation) may be seen as pivotal in leading to Beth Mason's ultimate political demise.

Sara Stojkovic with then council candidate Timmy Occhipinti in 2010. Her split from reform to the Beth Mason Old Guard camp is viewed by some as pivotal to both Dawn Zimmer's rise to fourth ward council and mayor and Beth Mason's political demise.

The original complete 2013 email between Sara Stojkovic and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi:


From: Sara Stojkovic <sastojkovic@gmail.com> 
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:28 PM
To: Kim Cardinal <kcardinalmn@yahoo.com> 

Subject: what a bad memory 



    • >  On Apr 23, 2007, at 6:08 PM, Dawn Zimmer wrote:
  • >  Sara, >
    >
  • >  I am very sad that our different perspective regarding Mike Lenz and Tony Soares has made you decide to throw away all of your hard work on Southwest Parks Coalition and my campaign. We started this together, and I thought our goals were the same, to get a voice on the Council so we could have influence on the plans for the Southwest. I am sorry to see that your relationship with Kim Cardinal overrides your commitment to your community.
    >
    >
    > I never wanted to hire or stay with Vote Hoboken, but I did it because I felt an allegiance to you, and I felt strongly that I started this campaign with you and I should finish it with you. I am very sad to see that you do not feel the same way.
    >
    >
    > As I said last night, I am very sorry if my actions hurt you. In the end, I just was not willing to completely cut Mike Lenz and Tony Soares out of the loop. I never made a commitment to do that. I make my own assessments of people, and I am not willing to let you and Kim Cardinal decide who I will talk to and who I won't talk with.
    >
    >
  • >  I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and thank you for the work that you did on my campaign. >
    >
  • >  Dawn

    • >  -----Original Message-----
    • >  From: Sara and Branko Stojkovic <bpssas@optonline.net>
    • >  Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 20:17:05
    • >  To:Dawn Zimmer <dawnzimmer@optonline.net>
    • >  Subject: Re: Message from Dawn >
    • >  Dawn- >
      >
    • >  First talk like a person, not a like an artificial politician... "your commitment to community?" I have been committed to the 4th ward for over four years, fighting for Madison Street Park and new open space... Don't belittle my commitment and the work I have done for my community when you are hanging out with the two most dysfunctional malicious misfits in Hoboken who have done nothing for the 4th ward in the last 20 years. Kim Cardinal has been more help to me and SPC since I met her 18 months ago than Lenz or Soares. She's sent people my way to help with or get involved with SPC, something Soares and Lenz never did. At least Kim and Lane have been diligent about attending council and planning board meetings and getting their neighborhood involved in civic action. You only see Soares and Lenz at City Hall when they have a stunt to pull.
      >
      >
      > I'm sorry to hear that you value a relationship with Tony over me. I'm confused by your definition of a friend, someone who threatens to campaign against you and screams at your husband in public? This is someone you need as a friend? Well, I choose better friends than that.
      >
      >
      > Regarding Vote Hoboken, you gave them the "go ahead," not me. The night we met them to talk about the budget outline, you said directly to Michael Oliva "Let's do it." You didn't consult me on that response, you made that statement on your own at that table in front of many people. Are you telling me that you are saying things against your will? If you can't take responsibility for that action, how strong will you be on a council? Are you going to be responsible for your statements?
      >
      >
      > You should have been honest with me and the group from the beginning and said you planned on working with Soares and Lenz. If you had been upfront, it would have given me and VH the choice in this matter instead of having us working under your deceit. You told Oliva, Kim , and me that Mike Lenz is not in your inner circle. Over a month ago you said, "Sara, I have not spoken to Mike Lenz since that day at the Coach House back in January, and I never talk to Tony." Then the day of your filing, when we had a beer at Mile Square you said it again, that you're hurt to think that I don't trust you about Lenz and Soares. And then three weeks ago, after being battered in ruthless e-mails by Tony along with Mike Lenz's ridiculous claims, my condition for coming back to your campaign was that you not talk to Mike Lenz and Tony until after the election. Over the phone, you said explicitly "Ok." So Dawn, you're right, I don't trust you now. You lied to me and other people on your campaign three times, that I know of. The ad was the last straw. I defended you to many people who were absolutely fed up with your behavior, people who said over and over that regardless of how well you may perform on the council, you are a terrible candidate, a prima donna, a person with no political experience in any way who believes she knows best how to run a campaign, but I can't defend deceit.
      >
      >
      > I've worked on a lot of campaigns, and they were fun, but this campaign was not fun. You came off as the ungrateful diva at every turn, every phone call, and it was painful and exhausting for me to field complaints about you from non-Vote Hoboken people among other things. You did not treat people well, yelling, panicking, arguing over everything, and chasing every idea even if it was inconsequential to getting a vote. You didn't follow anyone's advice. You wasted time on a lot of nit-picking, and you're behavior became the obstacle to your own campaign. We do not work well together, but I gave you three months of solid work and financial

    assistance to the campaign- I don't think you'll find another volunteer like me or Jim Vance, but now perhaps maybe the "rainmakers" can handle the next 14 days for you.
    >
    >

    > FYI: You have a huge problem- Musa was given a flyer today. Campos is door-knocking in the HA and distributing flyers today stating something like: Dawn Zimmer is a candidate of Mike Lenz, Tony Soares, and Carol Marsh and they are with the HCDO. Dawn is a liar and a hypocrite, she's running with the Mayor. A different clown, same circus.
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    • >  That will hurt SPC too. >
      >
    • >  You need your rainmakers to put out that fire. >
      >
    • >  Sara