Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Freeholder Stick Romano fundraiser strictly a HudCo affair

Reform websites proven correct as NJ Senator Cory Booker will not attend Romano fundraiser 

The fundraiser set for Freeholder Anthony "Stick"Romano next month lost its star power appeal when the previously announced headliner, NJ Senator Cory Booker disappeared off the speaker list.

Romano is potentially slated to run for mayor next year against Mayor Dawn Zimmer as the Old Guard candidate although some voices suggest the Hoboken Board of Education election results will be determinative to that decision.

Previously, Romano had announced the NJ Senator as attending and saw a number of people listed who would be attending including Parents United BoE candidate Jessica Nelson.

The replacements for Senator Booker include the Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and State Senator and Bergen mayor Nick Sacco.

It's unclear how the revised headliners will do generating Hobokenites attending but would it be unkind to say the thrill is gone? Well, perhaps not for Jessica Nelson.


The revised November fundraiser for Stick Romano
sees NJ Senator Cory Booker removed as the special guest speaker.

The embarrassment for Romano began almost as soon as the original event was announced when Grafix Avenger said it would never happen as word filtered out publicizing Senator Booker's appearance.

MSV had reached out to politicos on both sides who quickly confirmed the popular NJ Senator's appearance was a no go as Romano himself backpedalled last Thursday night saying of Booker's appearing at his fundraiser, "that's what I've been told."

Mayor Zimmer counted Senator Booker among those in her corner in recent years and saw him headline an event for her downtown back in 2010. When word got out Freeholder Romano was touting Booker star power for himself, the phone lines began burning down the house.

As Romano is trying to mobilize a victory for the Board of Education Parents United Ticket next month, his momentum is harmed by this fiasco.

Could it become the first fatal blow in the unannounced 2017 mayoral campaign? First, there's the newly minted and some say "thugged out" BoE race to decide. Word is the thugs are mounting quite the Vote by Mail sausage factory across town in the usual locales.

As for the several dozen who ponied up the loot to attend Stick Romano's fundraiser with NJ Senator Booker, the questions are being raised, "How do I get a refund?"