Friday, November 3, 2017

Breaking: Video Truck appears in Hoboken


A video truck showing the Anthony "Stick" Romano commercial seen earlier on MSV is patrolling the streets of Hoboken. A large multi-panel truck was spotted with the clear depiction of the commercial running heading south on Hudson Street.

According to reliable sources, the Romano commercial is direct retaliation against the Bhalla campaign. In the past week, a commercial by a union backed PAC, Stronger Together urges voters to support Ravi Bhalla with ads running on Fox News and other cable stations. The PAC commercials show money flowing around a photo of Romano.

It's unknown as of 8:00 pm if the video truck is continuing a mission or recently completed one. The rear panel of the truck clearly showed this excerpt during the video:

The full video is seen in the original MSV story:

Can a PAC Man mayoral candidate outrun a Romano video truck?
Let's find out this weekend. Run Ravi, run!
Talking Ed Note: Any attempts to quell the retaliation after the flood of PAC cable TV ads is clearly not working. The Bhalla campaign infers it has no connection to the massive expenditures now officially over $50,000 by the PAC aligned with the massive redevelopment proposed by NJ Transit in downtown Hoboken.

Das Campaign Video Truck in downtown Hoboken last night.
Note the visible panels running the commercial.

Related: The $50,000 Hoboken PAC Man is caught with his hand in the cookie jar:

Campaign overboard, can anyone save Ravi?

Dramatic footage today showed a despondent candidate in the Hudson River. Fortunately, some good samaritans were nearby to save the candidate if not the campaign.

MSV hears there's reasons for such rash action. It's going to land in Hoboken today on the Bhalla campaign.
Talking Ed Note: This event actually took place today. The political comparison of a sinking Bhalla campaign is merely analogous with the candidate sinking and is political satire. Yes, the Bhalla campaign is sinking. Let's not get so whiney about it.

Video credit: Jonathan Otto

RaviPAC blasts away at Mike DeFusco

The PAC Stronger Foundations Inc., a transportation union connected entity spending untold tens of thousands backing Councilman Ravi Bhalla hit Hoboken mailboxes: its latest target - Mike DeFusco.

After days of TV ads on the Fox News Channel and the Sean Hannity program urging Hoboken residents to vote for Ravi Bhalla, this mailer is hitting mailboxes across town.

Talking Ed Note: Notice the disclaimer information officially adhering to NJ law not to coordinate with another candidate or campaign? This means they are meeting the letter of the law if not the spirit. 

This Horse would not want to mislead you into thinking your eyes are seeing things. Wouldn't want  to suggest any dots being connected or quid pro quo and see the PAC candidate's family member announce on Facebook how MSV is going to be sued for pointing out what you already put together for yourself. Oh and Florio Perrucci who will see a "quick" victory in another lawsuit too.

Wait, what was that again?

What we all should be celebrating here is the spirit of Festivus. This union connected PAC Stronger Together is spending tens of thousands of dollars as seen on cable TV in a spontaneous Festivus celebration all Hoboken residents should support. Oh, and if you can go out and vote for Ravi Bhalla, that would be really nice. That the same union is touting the massive development for lower Hoboken pushed by NJ Transit is another mere coincidence. 

As for the letter in the Hudson Reporter by Mike DeFusco, that's a simple matter of public record. Mike DeFusco came up in Hoboken politics through the Maurice Fitzgibbons School of Old Guard candidates. DeFusco says he's not old guard but until he ran on the reform council ticket in 2015, all he publicly got behind were Old Guard candidates.

In 2011, Mike DeFusco publicly backed former councilwoman Terry Castellano against Reform's much beloved Eric Kurta. He reversed that support when he found a better candidate in 2015: himself. In 2017, DeFusco reversed himself again turning on Mayor Zimmer,'once again discovering he was the better candidate for mayor. Promises, promises. 

Valente Latest Video: A Challenge to all Residents to Start Celebrating Hoboken as a Great City to Live, Work and Visit

Official release:

Angelo Valente, who is running as an independent for one of three open council-at large seats on November 7th, released the latest in a series of video message outlining his specific plans focusing on  Quality of Life issues that impact all Hoboken residents.

Valente who was the co-chair of Hoboken’s 150 Anniversary in 2005 said “It’s time the city council start working together to enhance and protect the quality of life for every Hoboken resident.”

Valente concluded “ if I am given the honor to serve, I will work with whomever is elected Mayor and all members of the city council to create new parking opportunities, permanent recreation and cultural facilities for seniors and children alike and promote a tax rebate program to provide real tax relief for residents.”

Additional details on Valente's entire platform are available on

Valente Latest Video: A Challenge to all Residents to Start Celebrating Hoboken’s as a Great City to Live, Work and Visit

Why you should vote 5-6-7 HobokenProud for School Board! 

Official release:

Election Day is fast approaching!  We have been actively campaigning at soccer fields, community festivals, schools and all around town talking to residents about our desire to give back to our community.  We are passionate that strong schools and a strong community go hand in hand.  As longtime residents and parents of children who attend district schools, we feel that the Hoboken Public School District has what it takes to be our communities' No. 1 choice.  We have included some information below on why we think you should vote 5-6-7 and what makes us Hoboken Proud!

Why Vote 5-6-7!
  • We have a combined 50 years of leadership experience in finance, accounting and internal auditing.
  • Our children all attend the Hoboken Public School District, so we know first-hand about the progress, innovative programs, great teachers and administrators. 
  • Our mission is to raise awareness of the great things happening across the district today and we will work with the administration on further enhancing education in Hoboken.
  • We believe that supporting Dr. Christine Johnson means supporting her with our words and our actions.  We will work constructively with the superintendent and the business administrator to build a fiscally responsible budget that will support district students, teachers, administrators, and facilities.  
  • Our commitment to the district speaks for itself.  Sharyn, serving on the board for the last three years, has displayed through her actions and voting record her wholehearted support for the students, teachers and administration of the district.  Chetali serving as PTO officer for the last three years and Melanie's active volunteerism in school PTO efforts and leadership over the fundraising committee for ad sales for K-12 theater program exemplify their dedication to Hoboken’s children in time and energy.  They both having been regularly attending the BOE meetings for the past three years.  They are eager to take their involvement to the next level.  

Statement of Ravi Bhalla on Lt Governor's Threat to Underfund Hoboken Schools

Official release:

 "The Lt. Governor's statement is a direct threat to underfund our  City's schools and force an increase in property taxes. It demonstrates that she doesn't understand our community, which contains many financially squeezed middle and low income residents.   I urge  all candidates for Mayor to join me in expressing  strong  opposition to the Lieutenant Governor Guadagno's  ill-informed attack on Hoboken's residents and our schools.".  . 

Councilman Ravi Bhalla is a candidate for Mayor of Hoboken.


Republican nominee for Governor Kim Guadagno recently made the following statement falsely characterizing all Hoboken residents as "millionaires" and making clear her intention to shortchange Hoboken's schoolchildren, and raise our school taxes, if she is elected Governor:

 “My administration will work to reform the school funding formula so millionaires in Hoboken and Jersey City pay their fair share for pre-K, K-12 education and school construction".