Initial review and looking ahead on the 4th ward special election
The election results last night produced some surprises, some good, some bad and some very ugly. For Tim Occhipinti, the warning was clear – there’s major problems with over 500 absentee/vote by mail ballots showing up in a small isolated Hoboken fourth ward election. He managed to get over the line of the most glaring fraud leading by 50 votes on the machines.
Occhipinti won the election with a combination of old guard forces pooling behind a huge outlay of street money. Is this the same Tim Occhipinti who spoke against street money appearing in the 2001 ELEC for Mike Lenz? It is indeed. How does he explain it?
Looking at the figures, it’s clear the mayor and her people stepped up and produced a strong turnout. The difference in this election is the unbelievable numbers combined from the Hoboken Housing Authority in both machine and VBM/absentees. Much more examination needs to be done. The idea the HHA (and the 4th ward) is not represented in elections is actually the opposite of the truth. The HHA is not served well but it’s by the very people that swoop down upon them election after election and feed them a paltry pittance for their vote and then going back to what they do – using power to serve their own ends.
No one dares call it racism.
Tim Occhipinti will be the next councilman for the fourth ward. Assemblyman Reuben Ramos sent out a twitter calling the election “a blowout.” How he deems it so with a 50 vote win at the machines and more than 500 to be tabulated on paper is interesting. It demonstrates they knew what those vote by mail ballots exactly were and how they were manufactured. As the saying goes, they had it in the bag all the way.
Now the City Council will shift but to what? If you thought the grandstanding and obstruction was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. You will see the old guard negative destruction being mapped out and pushed right before your eyes. It won’t be pretty and moving Hoboken forward in a positive way is not likely possible until the May City Council elections.
On the county side, we’re hearing the review of more than 500 ballots at the Hudson County Board of Elections is looking bad for decency and vote integrity. The only way you beat the Machine is to generate more votes on the machines than can be manufactured and bought. Kids First at the BoE is the example there and needs to be followed. Hoboken will not get any help it seems anywhere but from itself.
The joke the fourth ward is where reform goes to die is not true in this case. The Machine however pulled out all the stops on this one. There was a superb stand made and it bodes well for the spring elections. The old guard will tell you otherwise but don’t believe it. Every dirty trick in the book was used here from attacking people’s property to sending in people who couldn’t provide their address when challenged (as retold by the Hoboken Journal). It generated over 600 vote by mail applications alone! MSV agrees with PolitickerNJ on this one. As they wrote of one observer, “Someone is going to jail.”
(So let it be written, so let it be done.)
Although Tim Occhipinti escaped the worst exposure by eeking out a win on the machines, he can’t escape the odor from hundreds and hundreds of more than suspect paper ballots. When it’s all said and done, he will be the beneficiary of the most massive bought paper ballot purchase in Hoboken elections ever. “The Anomaly” of 78 of 79 campaign workers appearing in his ELEC all voting for him vote by mail, a near mathematical uncertainty is going to linger over him for a long time. He’ll never be able to distance himself from the stench. In the end, he no longer tried. Instead he did a 180 and embraced it. Just like an old guard original.
He knows it, you know it and it’s important that all the voters of Hoboken know it.
In the end, as MSV said in an editorial yesterday, this fraud became bigger than anything making yesterday not about one election, one candidate or one coalition. This is about the integrity of Hoboken entering into the 21st century holding free and fair elections.
Let the battle cry be heard, “Remember the fraud in the fourth!” Don’t let them forget it.