Ravi Bhalla may be on the cusp of a mayoral win. But the magic of Mike DeFusco Old Guard Vote by Mail may still win the day for him. This may take a bit of time.
Waiting for more results but the big money and power made their effect and there's expectations of some result.
The bottom line, the four way race where the money poured in to Hoboken by the hundreds of thousands of dollars for both the DeFusco and Bhalla campaigns will likely see one the victor.
So we may be living the final moments of the Hoboken era of reform and sovereignty.
Hoboken will likely then be the tool of others combined with local political ambitions.
Update: Ravi Bhalla appears to have held off the VBM run and will win and be Hoboken mayor.
Congratulations to him and the winners of the election.
City Council winners: Vanessa Falco, Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour.
City Council will seat: Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino, Tiffanie Fisher, Mike DeFusco, Vanessa Falco, Ruben Ramos, Michael Russo, Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour come January.
Reform is as clearly seen since June a distant memory now.
Final numbers are pending but Ravi Bhalla is followed by Mike DeFusco, Jen Giattino in third with Anthony "Stick" Romano in fourth among the major campaigns. Karen Nason and Ron Bautista came in with about a couple of hundred votes each.
The BoE slate of Hoboken Proud swept their election knocking off Peter Biancamano and his ticket.
Talking Ed Note: With the huge flow of monies and the partisan ugly attacks leveled, Jen Giattino rose above all the negativity and stayed strong to running a positive campaign vastly outspent by special interests from outside Hoboken.
A party earlier this evening for Team Giattino was packed and there's no regret in standing up for Reform and the principles of the movement back to its rise in 2009. None whatsoever was heard amongst anyone of the dozens in attendance. To a person, everyone said they'd do it all over again. Why not, they were ignored as a movement back in June. Stand up for Hoboken, that's what it's all about.