Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Hoboken cherry on top

The following election results courtesy of the Hudson County Board of Elections for each of the City Council ward races contains the additional Vote-by-Mail totals.

Since many voted in 2017 using VBMs and didn't change their request, they were sent the paper ballot form. This impacted the election results more than usual, so here are the updated figures.

Leading the vote-getters citywide, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher who came in just shy of 1,000 votes. This is remarkable for several reasons.

First, Fisher was the object of scurrilous attacks and smear mailers directed by Ravi Bhalla's eternal campaign. Second, she was literally going up against a once-formidable Reform Movement machine that elevated her as a standard-bearer when she ran with Mayor Zimmer's council slate in 2015.

After the untimely death of the Reform Movement in 2017, when Zimmer choose political expediency with the insertion of Ravi Bhalla; Fisher delivered for Hoboken with her professional financial acumen but even her good-natured way of working with others did not protect her after she aligned with Councilwoman Jen Giattino in 2017.

Earlier this year, while in City Hall with City Council President Jen Giattino to help a resident with a tenant problem; she was thrown out by building security - by order of the mayor's office. The mayor's taxpayer-paid communications manager Vijay Chaudhuri said she didn't have an appointment although one isn't required to visit the Hoboken Rent Leveling Office.

That ugly incident landed up on the cover of the Jersey Journal and symbolized perfectly the lack of decorum within City Hall and of the mayor's office for those not prostrating themselves before the powers of the local executive.

The first priority should be Hoboken, not petty, vindictive politics.

That is one of the messages delivered loud and clear by voters to Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his cast of FacePunchers.


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