Jake Stuiver: ‘I elected to go public on the Beth Mason meeting with Solomon Dwek’


Jake Stuiver, the 2009 former campaign manager for Beth Mason released a statement on MSV expressing deep concerns on the line of attacks clearly being aired as part of a strategy to discredit people by tying them to FBI informant Solomon Dwek.  This was shown in last night’s City Council meeting using a politicized watered down resolution to reprimand Councilman Russo while pointing at other council members and people in the Administration – all without any evidence.  

If Councilwoman Beth Mason wishes to substantiate such charges, MSV will print it.  However, it’s unlikely she will do so, instead choosing to use paid political operatives and Hoboken411 to do it for her.

Jake Stuiver’s remarks appear below:

Jake Stuiver, in a Powder to the People t-shirt at yesterday’s protest

Last night, Council President Beth Mason correctly noted that I accompanied her to her meeting with Solomon Dwek on the afternoon of May 10, 2009, at a diner in Bergen County.  What is odd is that she seemed to imply some nefarious action on my part for having accompanied her to her meeting, in my capacity as her campaign manager. 

This morning, Hoboken411, a blog that has an uncanny tendency to appear to be coordinating Councilwoman Mason’s political messaging, misleadingly referred to other Hoboken officials who allegedly met with Dwek, including “Hoboken Housing Authority board member Jake Stuiver and Council President Beth Mason.” This allegation is carefully worded in a way clearly intended to leave the impression that I took a meeting with Dwek independently and separate from the one to which I accompanied Ms. Mason, and that I did so in my capacity as a Hoboken Housing Authority commissioner, a position I did not even hold until four months later. Both of these insinuations are patently false, and part of the endless barrage of smears Ms. Mason and her affiliates point at anyone who speaks out against her poor stewardship of the city’s interests, to deflect against the City Council majority’s own very real, not insinuated but real, array of improprieties.
I did join Ms. Mason at her meeting with Dwek that day.  I am on record as saying that she handled herself properly at the meeting and did not allow the conversation to even reach the point of any explicit campaign contributions or quid-pro-quo arrangements being discussed. While I stand by that statement, I’d like to add that the day after former Mayor Cammarano’s arrest, when I saw Mr. Dwek’s picture in the paper for the first time and recognized him from our meeting, I immediately called Ms. Mason to confirm that he was in fact the person we met with, and insisted that we immediately go public with the information.  When I met with resistance on her end, I made a statement to the Hoboken Reporter on her behalf, but without her blessing or consent.
I would also like to add that, in hindsight, it was a bizarre sequence of events that led us to that meeting in the first place, on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon two days before an election, when we were not wanting for money and should have been hitting the streets campaigning instead of meeting with a prospective donor far outside of town. This was a highly unusual meeting, and was clearly perceived as such by everyone in our campaign leadership.  A major factor in the reasoning behind sending me with Ms. Mason to the meeting was the fact that there was a shroud of mystery surrounding the nature of the prospective donor who wanted to meet with her, and it was deemed prudent to have her accompanied by someone of potentially intimidating physical stature. In other words, there was some concern that the person seeking a meeting with Ms. Mason may have been shady and potentially dangerous, and I was asked to accompany her as a physical presence for her comfort and protection.

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