In an act observers will find equal parts cynical and desperate, Hoboken’s former mayor and one-time leader of the Mile Square City’s heralded Reform Movement has come in from the cold.
Not a day after revelations of an assault of cash descends upon the Mile Square City on behalf of powerful statewide big construction PACs endorsing Ravi Bhalla’s council slate of non-acting Hoboken “activists,” former mayor Dawn Zimmer signed on the dotted line with them.
Cue the funeral bagpipes.
Dawn Zimmer comes out of the cold to sign up with Ravi Bhalla’s big development PAC-backed council slate.
Call it bad timing, call it craven or just plain desperate but don’t call her husband and ask for an explanation. Power at all costs no matter the fallout. This as Ravi Bhalla is trying to punch the lights out of not only the institutional memory of Reform but its strongest good government council members who served honorably under her: Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher.
Zimmer has been all but invisible since she self-ejected in the midst of her campaign seeking a third term back in late June 2017. She walked down the steps in front of City Hall claiming she did so to fight global warming/climate change with then-councilman Ravi Bhalla by her side taking the baton.
It was the kind of backroom deal she was once known for decrying. There’s been no report of Zimmer taking a slow boat to China where carbon emission increases lead the globe even as the US sees a double-digit reduction.
Nor has Dawn Zimmer come forward to comment when the New Jersey Supreme Court censured her “best choice” for Hoboken mayor as he was disappearing thousands of and employee’s dollars and coming within one vote of having his law license yanked.
It must have been hilarious when Zimmer showed up to take a picture with almost all of Ravi Bhalla’s council slate meeting them for the first time. Most of Ravi Bhalla’s council slate would know who she is but only to the extent they opposed her as supporters of the Old Guard Russo Clan.
Zimmer has remained silent as this website blew the whistle breaking the news her 2017 mayoral choice, Ravi Bhalla had nominated for final approval a candidate to the Rent Leveling Board infamous for anti-Semitic remarks during her administration. (After publication here, the candidate was withdrawn by the mayor.)
Zimmer has remained silent when Ravi Bhalla broke a campaign promise not to take a second job days after being sworn into office.
Zimmer has remained silent when Ravi Bhalla put up the biggest tax increase since she became mayor, an increase she herself never made over her entire eight years in office.
And when asked for comment on these and other important local matters, Dawn Zimmer remained silent.
The above graphic submitted in 2017 has proved prophetic as Dawn Zimmer has returned to kick dirt on Reform’s grave.
Back in 2009, it was mayoral candidate Dawn Zimmer decrying the arrival of big construction interest PAC money when dirty flyers appeared accusing her of backing overdevelopment. Protecting Hoboken from overdevelopment was a principle in her big tent under the Reform banner.
In 2011, Mayor Zimmer signed a pay-to-play ordinance limiting the power of outside special interests including union. The limitation kept at bay statewide big construction money. It passed in the City Council on a narrow 5-4 vote with Jen Giattino casting the deciding vote in her first day of office.
How the worm has turned. The underbelly, it is not pretty.