In a rambling Friday interview with Hudson County View, Mike DeFusco says the $8.35 million dollar Suez liability that never appeared before the council is due to “possible criminal” action by City Council President Jen Giattino

Friday afternoon, a gorgeous day led to startling and unseemly charges in an interview by Hudson County View with Councilman Mike DeFusco, a candidate for Hoboken mayor.

Some are already calling it a meltdown of Titanic proportions.

Underscoring the problems recently surfacing with the million dollar Suez liability, DeFusco a mayoral candidate lobbed a bomb changing his earlier stance pointed at the administration for not revealing the issue sooner to the council and opting to lob a “possible criminal” bomb at his fellow council member and mayoral rival City Council President Jen Giattino.

In perhaps a Freudian slip, DeFusco first pointed to himself and other council members being somehow mistaken in the Suez liability. He quickly corrected himself to point the gun at City Council President Jen Giattino, a surging rival he targeted with his bomb alleging she funds the Hoboken budget.

“Either we’re negligent in, either Jen’s negligent in her oversight of this or she intentionally underfunded a budget and that’s potentially criminal.”

No member of the City Council funds the Hoboken budget. The administration presents the budget and its approval with amendments are made by the council members inclusive of all nine members: Mike DeFusco and Jen Giattino being two.


The Suez liability was never presented to the City Council in any budget. Administration professionals stated the $8.35 million liability was part of ongoing contract negotiations since 2014 and sorted in the last two.

Mike DeFusco sees the exact same budget information each year on the City Council as any other sitting council member including the City Council President Jen Giattino.

In an interview not two weeks earlier with Giattino, Hudson County View asked her about when she learned the details of the Suez liability. She said the full details were obtained in a subcommittee meeting late last month and were then shared with other council members.

The Zimmer administration presented an updated contract to the council that could not obtain a sponsor for further action at the previous City Council meeting.

Previously, DeFusco at last month’s City Council meeting had pointed at the mayor’s administration for being negligent or incompetent on the revealed Suez liability.

Apparently, he changed his mind.

Hoboken holds its mayoral election on November 7th.
Jen Giattino was not immediately available this evening for comment.

Here is Mike DeFusco praising City Council President Jen Giattino on her handling of the Suez liability at the previous September 6th, 2017 meeting.

Which Mike DeFusco do you want to believe?


Talking Ed Note: Prior to his bizarre charge today, DeFusco had actually lauded City Council President Jen Giattino for her efforts sharing with her fellow council members information obtained from the Zimmer administration.

Will he apologize or will he see a lawsuit?

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