Eli Manning teams up with Mayor Zimmer taking Reform to Super Bowl heights

2 time Super Bowl Champ and MVP Eli Manning thumps Raia-Mason slate and Timmy Occhipinti third string JV

In a decades long battle to leave Hoboken’s “On the Waterfront” past to the dustbin of history, NY Giants QB Eli Manning and his wife Abby joined Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her council slate at the Madison last night to a jubilant full house fundraiser at the Madison.

Some are already benchmarking the night calling it a watershed event and the Reform movement’s finest hour since Mayor Zimmer’s election in 2009.  It’s no small marker since the City’s finances were dramatically improved especially in light of what most thought was impossible: saving Hoboken University Medical Center in the face of the ugliest partisan political sabotage led by Councilwoman Beth Mason who “represents” the same ward the Manning family calls home.

Eli Manning and his wife Abby were the special
guests at at a blowout win for Mayor Zimmer
and her council slate at the Madison last night.

While the Ruben Ramos campaign smartly laid low awaiting the tsunami of good will to pass with one of the most popular statewide celebrities taking a step into the Hoboken election, the Frank Raia-Beth Mason slate issued a juvenile amateur hour rebuke yesterday earning it accolades – of laughter – for its utter tone deafness.

The positive feedback from the event started even before the sold out event saw all the arrivals.  Eli Manning joined by his wife Abby made it clear their time and commitment to Hoboken as a community they call home to their family isn’t remotely close to over.

In one on one conversations with the attendees, the Mannings described by several in attendance as “classy” and “down to earth” made sure everyone had ample opportunity to interact with their famous neighbors conveying in no uncertain terms they are here for the long haul and “this is home.”

Billed as a Mayor Dawn Zimmer fundraiser with Eli and Abby Manning as special guests, the event’s success clearly pivoted on their participation.  One attendee involved in reform events over years called it “the best ever,” saying the the NY Giants QB sent two kids “over the moon” when Eli agreed to take photos with them.

Another attendee was thrilled at Eli and Abby Manning’s hours long participation noting this was not some brief appearance as they stayed and worked the Madison for hours texting MSV they were engaged with people and it was evident “they do care” about Hoboken.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined by her council slate of Dave Mello, Ravi Bhalla and Jim Doyle gave brief remarks saying Eli Manning knew the value of team and she needed her team to get behind their campaign effort with the November election about a month out.

With the good will in the sold out wall to wall event at the Madison last night, she undoubtedly will.

Hoboken’s beneficiaries of the fundraiser last night: Mayor Dawn Zimmer
joined by council slate mates: Jim Doyle, Councilman Ravi Bhalla
and Councilman Dave Mello.

Talking Ed Note: Although the Old Guard spin machine trotted out numerous rumors in an attempt to derail the event saying Eli Manning was being paid to appear (rubbish) to discouraging attendees by saying it was being cancelled, the night was an unqualified success.

Political observers of the Hoboken scene were stunned by the response in advance of the fundraiser last night.  Some thought a letter released by the Raia-Mason slate attempting to poke in the eye Eli Manning for the NY Giants tough start appealing to his older brother Peyton to straighten out his “baby brother” was a prank.

It’s going to go down in the annals of modern day Hudson County politics as an utter act of buffoonery.  When the Mannings see it, they are certain to look at the Hoboken political landscape further confident they made the right decision and went with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Perhaps they’ll be energized to offer additional support in advance of the November election.  But that’s all looking ahead, the energy and vibe of good will last night can be expected to benefit all of Hoboken reform in the coming weeks.

Here’s the full, unedited letter whining on and on signed by the entire Raia-Mason slate but looking like the political effort of a bunch of ninth graders who reached out to some seventh and eighth graders for editorial aid who self-describe their Old Guard politics as coming from “dedicated servants” to Hoboken.  At least they didn’t claim to represent “benevolence and humanitarianism,” – that came previously.

Dear Peyton,

We write to you today, speaking as football fans and dedicated servants to our great city. We are candidates for Mayor and City Council in Hoboken, NJ –hometown to a fellow quarterback who shares the last name Manning.
You must have been proud of little brother Eli Manning, when he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy a few years ago, winning the Super Bowl in a dramatic fashion and earning his second ring and second Most Valuable Player Award. Now, with the Giants starting 0-4, it is looking as if you might be the only Manning playing in the Super bowl in NJ this February. We are writing this letter in the hopes of changing that, though. We are hoping you can talk some sense into our Giants quarterback.
In the past few weeks since baby brother agreed to throw his hat into Hoboken politics, and agreed to attend our opponent’s fundraiser

the Giants have lost every game, and Eli has had a very tough go of it.
We are not sure whether it’s the 14 sacks he has endured that made his off the field political decision-making questionable –or if the 9 interceptions and 2 fumbles this year show that he is making questionable decisions on and off the field.
What we do know is that concentrating on football alone could help our team get back on track.
Peyton, you are breaking records with the Denver Broncos this year. On the field, you are known for fourth-quarter comebacks, incredible production, leadership, sportsmanship, a Lombardi trophy and your 12 Pro Bowl selections stand as the most in NFL history at the quarterback position. Your intensity level and your will to win are legendary, and you are widely known to limit distractions.
As the wiser, more productive, older brother, please talk to Eli. Please remind baby brother that four more years of no parking, flooding issues, bloated administration salaries and budgetary mismanagement are not what Hoboken needs. We need a new energy for all of Hoboken that will bring people together and get things done. When we are not distracted by the lack of production in city hall, we need a football team that produces wins and a quarterback that only concentrates on winning on Sundays.
Please Peyton, talk to Eli and help us get another championship. Let baby brother know that we believe in his football skills. We know his recent questionable judgment on the field and in Hoboken politics can be corrected. The Giants can get back on track and back to their winning ways! Let him know that 0-4 quarterback’s get involved in politics. Winning quarterbacks stick with what is happening on the field. Go Big Blue.
Warm Regards,
Tim Occhipinti (1J) for Mayor , Frank Raia (5K), Peter Biancamano (6K) and Britney Montgomery-Cook (7K) for Council At Large

The One Hoboken Team for Mayor and Council at Large

(Giant fans, Manning fans, and a team dedicated to a better Hoboken)

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