Reform flex leaves Old Guard dusted in Democratic Committee landslide

In a low voter turnout election in Hudson County and much of New Jersey, the only drama locally was the rather insider battle over the Hoboken Democratic Committee.

Coming off the monster sweep of the Hoboken Board of Education last fall, the Reform flex was so powerful it’s Column E effort smothered and crushed the Russo Clan’s Line F.

Councilman Mike DeFusco awoke to the news of a Mayor Zimmer landslide in the local Democratic Committee.
DeFusco made an effort to build a committee under his name but retreated after the efforts couldn’t get airborne.
Yesterday, Column F led by the Russo Clan saw its once formidable machine laid waste.

The massive victory spells doom this November and must be leaving mayoral candidate Mike DeFusco feeling a bit queasy this morning to say nothing of his backers.

The YUGE victory can’t be understated as Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s branded Democratic committee hammered down taking fully almost every single contested race of 67 districts, winning at least 62 and leaving their opposition with the wreckage in the mere teens. Notably, some of the candidates broke into and won by triple figures where only five years ago, typical committee races were decided in single digits.

The victory can be attributed to both the campaign effectiveness of Reform party backers coupled with the utter disintegration of leadership in the Russo Clan. A backlash against the Mason family poisoning the well once again with legal action to squash opposition to the vastly disliked Ines Garcia Keim and Peter Biancamano when Sheillah and Aaron Dallara were forced off the ballot for a late filing only helped propel, incentivize and energize. Steve Kleinman tell Beth what’s she’s won!

The call to arms for honest elections and decent local governance with new energy, organization and a host of new candidates simply overwhelmed the once formidable Russo Clan Machine.

Led by the energizer bunny, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher and on the ground support from Mayor Zimmer’s Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhuri, the Democratic Committee literally wiped out its opposition even undertaking an actual uphill write-in battle. While that long shot effort came up short, the organizational effort across the Mile Square further stakes out a strong position for the November mayoral and council at-large race.

The only down note was the poor decision to not field a freeholder candidate. Doing so would have likely led to a win meaning Hoboken taxpayers would finally see some push back against Hudson County which sucks out $67 million annually out of the Mile Square City. Instead, Anthony “Stick” Romano was the beneficiary being sucked into the Column E vortex and likely will see another three year freeholder term.

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