As election season heats up, you may have come across a series of false and malicious personal attacks against me by Councilwoman Beth Mason.
Let me be clear: Ms. Mason’s pre-election day stunts are rife with intentional lies and defamatory statements. To set the record straight, I have put together a detailed factual response to Ms. Mason. You can read it here
As this document demonstrates, Ms. Mason has crossed a line. These are no ordinary election year dirty political tricks. Ms. Mason’s defamatory conduct towards me has negatively impacted my reputation within the Hoboken community where I reside with my wife and two children, as well as my private employment.
For now, however, we have an election to win this Tuesday. It is critical to Hoboken’s future that we deliver victory for Mayor Zimmer, Councilman David Mello, James Doyle, and I next Tuesday. If our opponents control the City Council they will retain power over zoning board appointments and redevelopment decisions, a source of corruption among prior elected officials. Our opponents are also attempting to rush through a massive redevelopment project called Vision 20/20 in the city’s housing authority with poor vetting and no credible leadership.
Ms. Mason and others are spreading these lies so that they can take control of the City Council. I hope, however, that their lies will motivate you and your friends to turn out on election day to vote for the Zimmer team.
While I remain focused on this election, please rest assured that after the election is over, I intend to file a defamation lawsuit against Ms. Mason to protect my reputation as a proud member of the Hoboken community. I have retained an excellent attorney who has already served an appropriate written communication upon Ms. Mason. If what Ms. Mason says is the truth, she will have an opportunity to present that defense under oath in a court of law. I know she will fail completely.
Again, let’s keep our eyes on the ball and remember that we have a race to win! Let Ms. Mason’s tactics serve to remind us how much really is at stake in this election. Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear on Tuesday by voting for a Mayor and a Council that will continue to move Hoboken forward. Please vote for the Zimmer team this Tuesday, November 5 (polls open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and ask your friends and family to do the same. Together, we will clean up Hoboken one vote at a time.
Ravi S. Bhalla
City of Hoboken