There’s been notations reaching MSV Councilwoman Beth Mason is leveling charges Mayor Zimmer campaigned for Gov. Chris Christie back when he was a candidate for NJ Governor. To this some might say they only wish but the truth is Mayor Zimmer came around when the Governor presented a toolkit for municipalities to regain control over their tax structures, not before.
The mayor had attended an event in Hoboken for then Governor Corzine and never did attend any Chris Christie event.
The Wiley Coyote, Eric Kurta notes when a Hoboken Mayor actually did campaign on behalf of a Republican candidate for Governor:
The Mason Russo machine is making noise about Mayor Zimmer working with Governor Christie, but I recall that when it served their purposes, the Russo syndicate was just fine working with a Republican governor.
From the Hoboken Reporter, October 10, 2003, after former mayor Anthony Russo’s indictment:
“Russo, who became mayor in 1993, took a huge political risk and supported [then-Gov. Christie Todd] Whitman during her candidacy. His supporting a Republican drew the ire of many within the Hudson County Democratic party, but Russo, never one to avoid controversy, backed the Republican anyway.”
From the New York Times, August 5, 2003:
“In 1997 [Russo] broke with the Democratic leadership of Hudson County and supported Gov. Christie Whitman, a Republican, for re-election. He was known for yelling down those who opposed him during City Council sessions.”
Hoboken Mayor and ex-felon Anthony Russo campaigned for Republican Christie Whitman when she ran for re-election as Governor in the late 90s. Did anyone tell Beth Mason?
Photo and story concept courtesy of the NY Times and the Wiley Coyote, Eric Kurta.