Thursday, July 27, 2017

City Council President Jen Giattino the First Mayoral Candidate to File 360 Nominating Petitions

Official release:

City Council President Jen Giattino the First Mayoral Candidate to File 360 Nominating Petitions

Hoboken City Council President and mayoral candidate Jen Giattino became the first candidate to file nominating petitions with the Hoboken City Clerk today. She announced her candidacy on June 27th shortly after Hoboken’s current Mayor Dawn Zimmer declared she would not be running for re-election in November. Giattino submitted the 360 signed petitions that are required in order for candidates to be placed on the ballot for the election in November. 

“I am honored to receive so much support from across Hoboken for my candidacy.” said Giattino. “This is such an important election for all of Hoboken and I am encouraged that so many people share my vision for an agenda that addresses community needs, manages our explosive growth and protects the quality of life we are so fortunate to enjoy.”

Giattino will continue to collect further signatures between now and the deadline of September 5th for both her candidacy and for her City Council slate. She will be announcing her City Council slate tomorrow July 28th at 12:30 pm at Church Square Park in Hoboken.

Councilman Dave Mello announces re-election bid

This video report courtesy of the Hudson County View:

For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View:

On that censorship thing

A late dinner invitation to an outdoor barbecue with local reformers and a nice Aussie led to some discussion on censorship.

The guests at the onset wanted to know what did this Horse say that caused the trigger finger delete button to go off. DELETE DELETE DELETE DELETE

Well, it's rather simple. It only required a response to false accusations and noting simple facts.

This Horse dared to venture in the land of party line thought and action on behalf of a candidate tossing in some common sense.

The unhappy website hostess was upset with earlier comment on the immigration policy of nations in Western Europe and Japan who were noted for taking steps to protect their citizens from massive male invasion and subsequently the dramatic increases in sexual assaults and terrorist murders seen in other nations.

In response to that factual mention on a post discussing a Supreme Court upheld temporary travel ban from seven countries in the US, came this comment in response:

A horse pointed out that like all UN nations, Japan does in fact actually have borders and that a personal greeting wishing Councilman Ravi Bhalla's father a very happy birthday had been extended only days ago.

A concluding question about her making false accusations set off a litany of deletions with the comment below being reposted and requests that it not be censored. The question was declared an attack. The pleas became comical with further deletions and yet more personal attacks on this visiting farm animal.

The censored comment in full:

Talking Ed Note: I take no pleasure in this but people are already asking so here's the censored comment in its entirety. This after a litany of attacks by her here and there against this website in recent weeks. Never a complaint made here. Not. A. Single. One.

It's pretty sad, yes but what can you do? I'd like to add that I do hope that Mr. Bhalla had a wonderful birthday as I said with his beautiful family around him enjoying a great day.

Here's to many more Mr. Bhalla!

Hudson County View: 'Ravi Bhalla the national candidate'


Councilman Ravi Bhalla announces national campaign focus in appeal to voters

Hudson County View released a video of the official campaign office opening relaying in its headline a campaign strategy announcing Councilman Ravi Bhalla as the national candidate writing: "Bhalla: You can count on me on the local, state and national level."

In contrast to his mayoral rival City Council President Jen Giattino, Councilman Ravi Bhalla is appealing to Hoboken voters with a national candidate focus. Giattino in her policy speech at Moran's last week said she would continue in the footsteps of Mayor Zimmer and not use Hoboken as a stepping stone and focus on delivering on local issues.

The rival candidate are competing for both professional and reform oriented voters. Previously, some believed the differences on local issues such as the massive PILOTed Bijou project on 7th and Jackson would be an area of disagreement. The contrasts however along with the stakes are increased.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer in her remarks excised Councilman Dave Mello who is seeking an independent third term council re-election bid. Mayor Zimmer stated Councilman Jim Doyle was on her council slate since 2009. Doyle was elected on the mayor's ticket in 2013. She made no attempt to correct the record.

Councilman Dave Mello is a current two term councilman and ran with Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Ravi Bhalla in 2009 and 2013.

Here is video of the event: courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Talking Ed Note: The mayor's office and Bhalla campaign are moving ahead with a strategy to appeal to Hoboken voters nationalizing the mayoral election. The new Hoboken Democratic Committee was the first linchpin used to get behind the Bhalla campaign and the strategy is now officially in place.

City Council President Jen Giattino is focusing on local Hoboken issues but it's clear the Bhalla campaign hopes to subsume a local focus in its political communications to Mile Square voters.

The Bhalla for mayor campaign is furthering its efforts to leverage new members of the Hoboken Democratic Committee to focus attention beyond Hoboken local issues in an appeal for votes.

MSV earlier reported as part of that strategy an effort to overthrow the Hoboken Democratic Chair Tiffanie Fisher who is supporting her council colleague Jen Giattino. No one from the mayor's office, the mayor or the Bhalla campaign contacted have denied the effort.

A vague anonymous statement allegedly by a member of the Hoboken Democratic Committee and close to Mayor Zimmer appeared on another website promoting the Bhalla campaign. (In Hoboken411 fashion, it has been trying to avoid mentioning the name of mayoral candidate Jen Giattino and personally attacking and censoring comments including an innocuous one by this editor.) The anonymous statement allegedly from someone among dozens of Hoboken Democratic Committee members said they have no knowledge of the coup attempt planned against Tiffanie Fisher.

The anonymous statement came with a claim alleging the MSV report is "paranoid gossip." No evidence was provided in typical Grafix Avenger "reporting" and MSV was not contacted by that website on its multiple independent sources.

Among the dozens of people on the Hoboken Democratic Committee, the anonymous person couldn't muster their lack of alleged knowledge of the coup attempt against Hoboken Democratic Chair Tiffanie Fisher by even identifying themselves. No one would expect the dozens of committee members would have such knowledge. Only the coup plotters closely working with the mayor's office and the Bhalla campaign would.

In poker, we call that a tell. MSV stands by the accuracy of its report.

As for the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment, MSV supports all of it and is not changing its policy. It will however respond to any Loser and their party line brethren who embrace censorship and their purple pillow imitators in kind. Look in the mirror when you project, why don't ya?

Sadly, some have invested their self-esteem in a local election and everything is on the table: erecting and pummeling straw men, personal attacks, urinating on the First Amendment and embracing censorship in a win at any cost effort to advance their candidate.

It's truly unfortunate. Used to like the place with the funny pictures, when it was funny.