Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Grist for the Mill: The Jen Giattino Surge

Hoboken's mayoral and council at-large election is creating a schism and fracture along fault lines new and old. Establishment power and money being what they are, the belief in power exceeds all rationality and the obvious signs, pardon the pun.

As the Hoboken election season heats up, Jen Giattino signs continue to spring up across town. Unlike most of her competitors, they find themselves not mostly in the windows of local businesses but nestled in the windows of residents. The epicenter is where the fever is highest in central Hoboken and it spreads out further more points north from the heartland of midtown. Based on the reaction of Giattino's opposition, you'd think it's the Hoboken dog population putting up those window signs not voters. They're of course deluding themselves into thinking those Hoboken residents don't represent actual voter sentiment.

There's one exceptional residence sporting Jen Giattino for mayor signs that is creating quite the buzz across town.  Take a gander at this.

Above the lobby of Church Towers, the stronghold of the Russo base
are two very prominent Jen Giattino for mayor signs.

Although mentioned previously, many did not take note of the earlier report and in that peculiar human capability for rationalization, avoided the topic entirely. 

MSV has previously written about the candidate with the strongest crossover appeal being Jen Giattino. As a ward councilwoman, she's known for rolling up her sleeves and helping others. She doesn't care what their views are on local issues, state or national. She accepts the responsibility to represent everyone. After six years, people notice. Hoboken people notice and people in need don't forget.

One story recounted tells of a Hispanic municipal worker overheard on the job discussing the mayoral race. The person was not expressing their view to influence anyone else but having a casual conversation. They mentioned they would be voting for Jen Giattino for mayor. They also said all their friends in the fourth ward and HHA would be voting for Giattino. Reasons point to some quiet humanitarian efforts there on behalf of a resident by Jen Giattino spread word of mouth.

Independent sources say the grassroots Reform resistance is taking shape with significant numbers of volunteers getting involved for Team Giattino and making an impact reaching out to friends, neighbors and engaging voters across the Mile Square.

Mayoral candidate and City Council President Jen Giattino
speaking at the home of former BoE trustee Ruthy Tyroler.
Rear right is former councilman Tim Occhipinti.
Who has crossover appeal and respect of friend and foe alike?
Who among the candidates is winning hearts and minds?

Where does the Jen Giattino surge end? No one knows at this point as many Hoboken voters are not decided and others not engaged. The other campaigns are making significant efforts and gaining headway too.

With just over 40 days and campaigns escalating their efforts, political divisions in the Mile Square are being overturned and tossed on their head. Hoboken has not seen any election quite like this. For some, there's never been a mayoral candidate with crossover appeal quite like Jen Giattino.

Catch the wave!

photo courtesy Jhnny "to the butter" Newman