Freeholder candidate Kurt Gardiner to Anthony Romano: Stop “Sticking” It to the Hoboken taxpayer

From the desk of Freeholder candidate Kurt Gardiner:

Kurt Gardiner for Hudson County Freeholder
Vote Column C for Change on November
8th, 2011
For those of you who may not
know me, my name is Kurt Gardiner and I am running for Freeholder District 5 in
Hudson County this coming November 8th. My opponent, the incumbent
Anthony “Stick’ Romano was hand picked by former Hoboken Mayor Dave Roberts to
run on the HCDO ticket in 2008 is up for re-election after one three-year term
in office. The Office of Freeholder is a county legislative position of which
there are 9 seats in total representing Hudson County as whole. The Fifth
District consists of Hoboken in its entirety as well as parts of Jersey City
Heights. Hudson County taxes make about 1/3 of your property tax bill with
School and Municipal/City tax making up the other 2/3ds.
The reasons I am running are quite straightforward:
1)    Hoboken was
taxed $46 million in 2010 and received pennies on the dollar back in services.
Hoboken is being financially pillaged by every other
municipality at the County level. It really is fiscal piracy. Romano has passed
all three bloated County Budgets while Freeholder.
2)    Hoboken
needs an independent representative that will finally advocate for Hoboken
taxpayers rather than sit idly by and take directive from County bosses.
These are the same County bosses that donated to my opponent’s
campaign war chest at his recent fundraiser.
3)    My campaign
will at least give Hoboken voters a choice.
Up until early June, Anthony “I love the Russos” Romano was planning on
running unopposed until I stepped into the ring. “An election without a choice is not democracy but rather a
4)    I feel I
have issues that are worth discussing

such as operational audits and viewing
government from a serviced based architecture rather than a patronage based one

which has been the dominant viewpoint of the County for decades. This political
patronage has led to the creation of low show and now shows jobs that make our
County Government more inefficient than it should be.
5)    It is my hope that my campaign will create more awareness about Hudson County
and how they affect Hoboken and Jersey City Heights. This is not
about my future as a politician but rather the core issues I am running on. As
an independent going against an entrenched political machine, I am aware that I
am a long shot to win this race. However, this election is just a beginning and
not an end. I will continue to try to peel away at the smelly onion that is
Hudson County Government to expose how little it serves the constituents of Hoboken
and even Jersey City Heights.
6)    Anthony
“Stick” Romano is allied with the political opponents of the Hoboken taxpayer.
He is an ally of Mike Russo, Terry Castellano, Carmelo
Garcia, Tim Occhipinti, Frank “Pupie” Raia, and third place 2009 Mayoral Reject
Beth Mason. Beth Mason and her money have tried everything to sabotage the
Hospital deal which would cost the Hoboken taxpayers greatly should it fail. It
is a shame to see these political “friends” of Anthony “Stick” Romano have such
disregard for the Hoboken taxpayer just to make the Mayor look bad. He even had
the audacity to Award Beth Mason the Columbus Park Italian woman in the year
which was a real slap in the face to the tireless efforts of Toni Tomarazzo who
as chair of The HUMC Board has used her skill to work on saving the hospital
while Mason spewed her venom and spent her money.
7)    It would
appear my opponent doesn’t want to talk about the issues.
My opponent had initially challenged me to two debates
which I gladly accepted before the Labor Day Holiday. Now however, it would
appear he is trying to back out of the debates now that political handlers like
Jaime Cryan are involved in his campaign. It is a shame it appears that his
campaign doesn’t want the issues brought to light and host an open discussion
on them. Very undemocratic.
Anthony “Stick” Romano went from agreeing to Freeholder candidate forums to chickening out.

Click photo to show what Romano
is doing to the Hoboken taxpayer
8)    Anthony
Romano isn’t raising the bar that much.
During the 5 term 15 year reign of error by Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons
(another Anthony Romano political ally) prior to Romano, Hoboken got the short
end of the stick as well when it came to county services. That didn’t stop
Maurice from pocketing large contracts for various municipal entities such as
the Hoboken BOE and North Hudson Sewer Authority just to name a few. Anthony
might not be pocketing contracts himself but somehow Michelle Russo almost
seemed to land a County job she had no prior experience in. “Stick” remained
silent but the resulting controversy eventually led to the offer being
withdrawn. It was seem what is good for the goose isn’t always what is good for
the gander. Stick comes from a long line of Hudson County yes men that are
inserted into power so that Hoboken’s money can be divvied up among the others.
Very little has changed. So a couple of roads got paved. What about Washington
Street? That should be a County Road! Are we supposed to kiss his feet because
Hudson Street got repaved after more than a decade?
9)    I am a
taxpayer not subsidized by government.

Anthony Romano lives in Marine View Plaza which was designed as middle income
housing to assist people who want to stay in Hoboken and need a break on rent.
Despite having now a substantially larger income than the average resident
there he still remains in that facility. This is not at all illegal but shows
how my opponent feels entitled to governmental services he no longer needs. As
an elected official he should set a better example and let someone else who
needs the lower rent. I have no problem with assisting lower income people with
respect to housing but I will maintain that all assistance for housing should
be means tested. How Anthony Romano doesn’t get point and lead by example is
beyond me.
10) End the
1. An area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under
the tread; a bog.
2. A situation from which extrication is
very difficult: a
quagmire of financial indebtedness.
3. Anthony “Stick” Romano’s nickname
in some circles.
4. A Family Guy character that is a Lothario stuck in
the free love 70’s  and says stupid
things like giggity giggity. Amusing but not useful. 
5. Another three years of Anthony “Stick” Romano as
Freeholder of Hudson County District 5.
Stop the insanity and vote
Kurt Gardiner Row C for Change and a County Tax Cut on November 8th.
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