Grist for the Mill: Pupie Wave as Jamie Cryan takes out petitions for new slate
The suspected Frank “Pupie” Raia third slate may be materializing based on multiple sources confirming Hoboken Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan withdrew candidate petitions.
The lineup with the objective of “slipping one past the goalie” on the City Council to wrest the upended council majority is thought to be Jamie Cryan with Frank “Pupie” Raia and a yet to be determined woman candidate for the three at-large council seats.
One name floated recently was Kim Glatt, a former Hoboken judge and 2009 mayoral candidate but one source questioned whether she would be willing to join the council slate meaning a final at-large council seat is still unclear.
Tim Occhipinti is the figurehead inserted atop the ticket for mayor.
Occhipinti desperately wanted to run for mayor even with his checkered stint on the City Council where he’s been providing unintentional comic relief in meetings since he “won” as a self-declared “independent” with suspect massive vote-by-mail ballots inside the Hoboken Housing Authority back in the 2010 fourth ward special election.
Unable to muster financial backing outside of the Mason family or serious consideration among the Old Guard, the Timmy for Mayor candidacy looked inert – until now.
A reliable source told MSV Wednesday night a plan for a third wave was very much alive and word was for the Mason family and Frank “Pupie” Raia to throw in $250,000 each toward the November campaign.
While Raia’s investment in a candidate slate he’s a part of is legal, an amount equal or anything approaching it from Beth Mason would not.
Of course this is Beth Mason who flouts laws she opts out of based on personal whim. Last November, Mason pumped thousands into the BoE Move Forward slate determined in violation of the City’s anti-wheeling ordinance even hosting the campaign from her Mason Civic League “charity” office on Washington.
Perhaps for Mason’s investment she can get a woman Masonista named to the council slate list. The original plan to have such a move completed has all but died with Beth Mason unable to buy a political ticket out of Hoboken.
|Jamie Cryan an Old Guard figurehead may finally be
making his first run for elected office. His cousin
is Joe Cryan who is the former NJ Assembly leader.
Is this all a grand bluff by Pupie or will he go through with it? Stay tuned!
Talking Ed Note: Timmy for Mayor?! Stop laughing. While some may find this fall off the chair funny, Occhipinti wouldn’t mind losing atop a ticket now believing it will make him an inevitable mayoral choice later. (Shudder)