Machine tool Al Sullivan sullies Hoboken

As almost anyone with a pulse on the local scene knows in Hoboken, the whole town is buzzing with the high profile visit to City Hall due to our friends, the boys of summer from Newark, the FBI.

As word has spread of the boxes of documents carted out of town Thursday with the Feds knocking on doors in Marine View and beyond Friday, Al Sullivan has some entirely different concerns featured in his column, “Between the lines,” in the Hudson Reporter.

To say it’s spin would be unkind to professional media spinners, to say he got the story a bit off would be too kind.  Let’s be frank, if there was any doubt whatsoever about Al Sullivan, and there’s none here; this column should be the final nail in the coffin; he’s an absolute machine tool.

Reform is taking on the Machine in the form of developer
Joe Barry and his tool Al Sullivan.  Bring it!

His column gets out of the gate claiming Mayor Zimmer is under fire from all sides.  By that he means she’s utterly surrounded by political opponents Council members Beth Mason, Mike Russo and their pet attack dog Lane Bajardi desperately trying to focus attention on their hopes for a political victory buried in tens of thousands of emails, any sentence fragment will do.

While we can give Al style points, he’s woven a lie into each and every paragraph, showing a nimble dexterity to make it almost sound plausible even as we all know he knows he’s full of it.  He knows it too but why should he care?  Down in Bayonne, it’s of no consequence and who cares about all those overpaid yuppies up there in Hoboken anyway.  They (and Dawn Zimmer) have it coming.  They don’t have the required love for socialist realism Al has.

In his view of Hoboken, it’s these emails between City Hall and local media and the “Zimmer” websites that are of utmost concern.  It rises according to the Joe Barry paid employee to the level of Watergate, no body required, we’ll just start with the executions and work our way backwards to trial.

Al Sullivan is really not doing anything new here, he’s merely parroting what’s been fed to him and it’s almost always sources from the Old Guard, in this instance it’s obviously the Beth Mason junta trying to overcome the FBI’s obvious interest with her own storyline.  Good luck with that Al, you are about to become less than a footnote.

It fails on every conceivable level, but Al Sullivan is going to give it the old Hoboken411 try.  It’s so obvious he’s being led by the nose by Bet’s paid political operatives he even later references a poll commissioned by the mistress of the bottomless checkbook but fails to note anything of interest in same concerning the Masonic Temple of Hudson Street: soon to be visited by the FBI near you.

Instead he references the poll results with Freeholder Anthony Romano as a likable guy.  MSV concurs and will be featuring his interview shortly, but that’s hardly the focus in Hoboken right now as the boys of summer are running on all cylinders across the mile square.  Al Sullivan with no interest in Hoboken taxes, good government, or the integrity of its institutions doesn’t have a clue or care for any of it.  He’s just acting as a machine hack for the machine and doing his best to serve his masters in the form of a big time developer who once owned the Hudson Reporter outright, Joe Barry one and the same, and knows a thing or two around town about bribes and jail.

Keep up the bad work Al.  That’s true socialist realism you are bringing to the people of Hoboken.  In Al Sullivan’s world, the Revolution will not be televised, nor reported, nor heard in Hoboken.  Ever.

Talking Ed Note: The Revolution is being televised Al.  The FBI is shooting live and we salute them!

Related: Grafix Avenger has done an analysis and given a spanking to Machine Tool Al, perhaps more graciously than Da Horsey.  It’s utterly devastating even in its kindness as GA isn’t so much saying Al is a tool but he’s been made into one and should lay off the pipe:

For more on the attempts at twisted reality by Sully, see the jump:

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is getting fired at from every direction as her opponents seek to determine whether or not her administration is using public resources for political purposes.

This is part of the reason why Councilwoman Beth Mason is seeking to get copies of official emails to determine how much of the dialogue being done through official channels involves ways to frustrate political opponents.

The Zimmer administration has been criticized for using the official city website as a political vehicle, most notably reporting on the video tapes of Councilman Michael Russo, while not mentioning other people connected with her administration who might also have met with federal informant Solomon Dwek.

Separation of political from governmental functions is hugely important in keeping government honest.

What brought down former President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal in the 1970s was that very thing – a misuse of government for political purposes.

No one really knows if this is the case with Zimmer, partly because she has slammed shut the door on open government with a gag order for city employees. Anyone who gives information out risks losing his or her job and thus, their pension.

Some sources say that the city’s communications director was falsely accused of leaking information out of city hall without prior authorization, and that the information involving two separate cases was actually leaked by a lawyer involved with one case and a police officer involved with the other, not the communication director.

Official emails – as proven in several cases including one involving former Gov. Jon Corzine – are public documents, and in most cases, they must be made available through a simple information request.

The utter secrecy around these emails leads many to wonder why they are so sensitive that they need to be kept from the public. Some believe that they will show a pattern of abuse behind the scenes, not crimes, but political manipulation done on city time at tax payers’ expense. 

The use of a city attorney to remove candidates from the Democratic committee primary fight is one visible sign that the Zimmer administration doesn’t know where the line is between political and governmental function.

But whatever they contain, the emails harkens back to Watergate, where the cover-up tended to be worse than the events themselves.

What does the FBI want in Hoboken?

The other big item that has become the talk of Hoboken is the investigation by the FBI and the sealing of the information technology room.

Everybody seemed to have a theory, but on Thursday, the city said the investigation has to do with computer fraud.

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