Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Breaking: Councilman Mike DeFusco raises near $90,000 in first quarter

The big barnstorming event last night for Mayor Zimmer is not all the news that's fit to print in the Mile Square City today.

There's word confirmed from the Team DeFusco camp his first quarter campaign report filed with NJ-ELEC and it's a bonanza of riches almost certain to raise eyebrows.

The reported Team DeFusco net for the first quarter is in the vicinity of $90,000.

A source close to DeFusco confirmed the campaign proceeds approaches $90,000!

How to net $90,000 in the first quarter of 2017?
Be Mike DeFusco and have a bounty of a quarter in fund raising.

The benchmark haul is sure to generate lots of attention, surprise and some heated phone lines in and outside the Mile Square City. If the figure turns out to be in the ballpark of $90,000 assumptions will be made concluding a race for the Hoboken November mayoral and three at-large seats is most definitely on.

The ballpark 90K figure is most likely significantly higher than what Mayor Dawn Zimmer has on hand not counting proceeds from last night's fundraiser. Add last night's tally and at best you're likely to have an on par cash situation for each of the respective if unannounced campaigns.

NJ ELEC will publish online the campaign reports for the first quarter shortly and all eyes will be looking to see if the reported figure is true.

In the meantime, everyone will be sitting back and chewing their cud while swapping stories around the water cooler.

Brace for impact. There could be a very serious mayoral race this fall after all.

Remarks from last night's Mayor Zimmer fundraiser with Phil Murphy

Remarks at Mayor Dawn Zimmer's fundraiser last night, courtesy of The Hudson County View.

For more on this story, please see The Hudson County View:

Hoboken's big bang effect with Phil Murphy & Mayor Dawn Zimmer

The planets aligned with the stars shining favorably on the political fundraiser for Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

One rising star brought plenty of supernova power with him. That would be presumed Democratic nominee for governor Phil Murphy. Hundreds filled the room at the new restaurant at 14th and Willow, Porter Collins and the good will overflowed embracing most of Hoboken if not Hudson County.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla acts as emcee to the big bash at Porter Collins last night. Missing from this photo among the political signatories is State Senator Sandra Cunningham who arrived late for this photo but stood near the new Hudson County Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner (l).
To the rear of Councilman Bhalla is Phil Murphy and State Senator Brian Stack.

The new large uptown restaurant was jammed wall to wall with politicos of all stripes mixing with long time Hoboken Reform activists. The crowd into the hundreds was a mosh pit mingling in the juice of those in the know, in power or anticipating both.

This was the biggest fundraiser in Hoboken in some years if not in earnings, certainly in political powers. Most of Hudson County paid homage to Mayor Zimmer and also to its rising adopted son in Phil Murphy.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer addresses the huge crowd at Porter Collins last night.

The atmosphere was one less of pending campaigns than a celebration. The celebration of expectancy and some harsh words for the current governor didn't dampen the overall positive event.

Inevitability was in all practicality, the theme of the evening and spirits were high with a slew of campaign hands from near and far. One observer commented, "I saw a lot of architects, engineers and lawyers" and chuckled this must be the winner's circle. No one would muster an argument to disagree.

Former US Ambassador to Germany, Phil Murphy gives Mayor Dawn Zimmer a hug after her remarks last night.

The actual haul from the event should significantly give a lift to the current funds on hand for the mayor's upcoming re-election set for November. Her opposition is not exactly set and the squabble among them is not making the likelihood of an upset appear any more likely.

The YUGE crowd at Porter Collins for the Mayor Zimmer fundraiser.