Monday, July 31, 2017

Jen Giattino: "Introducing My Team"

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors - 
I am so proud to introduce the three people I have invited to be on my At-Large Council slate. And I am thankful that each one accepted my invitation. They share my vision for Hoboken and know that this race is all about serving Hoboken and connecting our community: James Aibel, Sal Starace and Jason Ellis.
Each Jim, Sal and Jason have the passion and commitment to represent Hoboken residents and have been active in our community.
  • Jim has and his wife Beverly have called Hoboken their home for almost 40 years.  Jim is currently Chairman of the Hoboken's Zoning Board of Adjustment, having served for approximately eight years. He serves our community well in this role by enforcing our zoning code and holding firm against unplanned, ad hoc development that is inconsistent with our Master Plan and/or risks overburdening our city's infrastructure.  He is passionate about land use and wants to ensure we create a robust, strategic plan that makes sense for Hoboken and update our zoning code to more effectively manage our growth. 
  • Sal has been a resident of Hoboken for 14 years. He and his wife Anju are currently raising their three beautiful daughters and he has been very active in their education and activities in Hoboken. Sal is a career Construction Union Representative and knows what it is like to represent the interests of large, diverse groups of people and work collaboratively and sometimes have difficult conversations in order come to the best outcomes for those he represents. Hoboken is faced with many complex issues ranging from inadequate constituent services to the threats of overdevelopment and flooding.  Sal is incredibly well positioned and focused on identifying and advocating for solutions that will work best for Hoboken.  
  • Jason I have known for ten years. Jason has two young children, one who attends Wallace where his wife Carrie works. Jason’s passion is ensuring his children have the best possible education and community in which to grow up. He has been increasingly active in the decade that he has lived here from advocating for cost effective improvements to our skate park along Sinatra Drive, to leading his condominium association to working with his neighbors to fight the overdevelopment in the third ward. He is a finance professional by day and will be focused on making sure we keep taxes stable, build out and maintain our parks and open space and get the most for Hoboken out of each development that gets built in Hoboken.
I am looking forward to having all of you get to know my team over these next few months and come to regard them as highly as I do. 
Thank you for your support!  
- Jen

The Silent War

The four major mayoral campaigns are uncorked on a beautiful global cooling summer in the Mile Square City but will first in mean first out of the ballot box in November?

That's only one of the main unanswerable July questions as many Hoboken residents have barely registered Mayor Zimmer pulled out of the November election with about four months to go.

The sudden withdrawal set off a tsunami of reassessment by many including the upstart Reform Resistance candidate and City Council President Jen Giattino.

Left in the wake of Mayor Zimmer's stunning withdrawal from the November election
is the rise of the Reform Resistance behind City Council President Jen Giattino.
What if a so-called split leads to a larger coalition emerging under her leadership?

A week after Mayor Zimmer stunned everyone with her withdrawal, Jen Giattino became mayoral candidate number four. Four major campaigns are now filling their respective three at-large council bills and making hay out in the streets.

Last week, the increasing day to day traffic on MSV looked to be challenged with a summer Friday announcement by the Giattino for mayor campaign announcing three council at-large candidates: Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment Chair Jim Aibel, union man Sal Starace and Jason Ellis.

Even on a summer Friday in July however, the Giattino for mayor campaign announcement saw the biggest traffic day all week. There's a level of interest forming for both her campaign and the public's interest to see who will be taking the reins at Hoboken City Hall.

City Council President Jen Giattino has a full fledged union member as part of her coalition and council slate. Expect to see union movement toward her on that front.  Is it true a rival campaign is telling voters she will be dropping out of the race even as the Giattino campaign is gaining headway? What did this Horse tell you to expect about dirty politics in this year's race?

MSV saw some scurrilous attack from a "friend" who decided the pre-announcement hint with a pun about Jim Aibel with an "Able Danger" graphic was a secret coded racist dog whistle on Councilman Ravi Bhalla. The one time pal said they weren't the only person in the crew of Zimmerite loyalists who interpreted this as an Al Qaeda linkage to the eight year councilman.

Now why would anyone make such an association to Hoboken's two term councilman who is neither Arab nor Muslim? Got racism much? As if! What was that MSV said only last week about paranoia dee, destroy-ya. What is it about power that makes people go mad?

The Mike DeFusco campaign has a bounty of riches and the Vision Media crew closely associated with Uncle Nick Sacco in North Bergen is getting ready to spend a whole lot of it. If their garish cartoonish mailers in Hoboken's past are any indicator, this race is about to get mega-ugly.

State Senator Brian Stack is reportedly unhappy with Anthony "Stick" Romano and considering backing another horse to see he doesn't get the top prize. An arch nemesis of Stack, a former police officer in Union City got a shout out at Romano's successful gathering at Sinatra Park. Hudson County View blew the lid off the story with a major scoop.

Who's the national candidate in Hoboken's hamlet? Are the national issues being touted by Councilman Ravi Bhalla's campaign due to the need for 54,000 of its citizens to change the dynamics of New Jersey governance on it's nine million residents or the hundreds of millions in these United States?

Some are already noting the cynical campaign strategy. It played out recently with the denouncements of the Vape Van owner. Except it went from a pile on to a First Amendment lecture as residents came out to ask what do you think you're doing? The residents and taxpayers were not pleased about another First Amendment lawsuit in the making.

The vocal and immediate prediction the Vape Van owner would face the loss of his business license for an ugly verbal exchange over a parking spot partially captured on video saw both Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Ravi Bhalla publicly announce that intended action. The public soured to the comments leading to blowback and a retreat. The City Council cut short any chance of another First Amendment lawsuit. Teachable moments people, teachable moments.

Fear and loathing on the campaign trail is not ending in Hoboken; it's only beginning. For the moment, much is silent in the war on the campaign trail. It won't be for long.