Sources: City Council President Jen Giattino to toss hat in and run for Hoboken mayor
Hoboken councilwoman Jen Giattino, a three time and current City Council President will be making an announcement tomorrow night near fourth and Bloomfield St. at 7:30 pm.
Sources say she will throw her hat in the ring and vie to become Hoboken’s second female mayor.
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Giattino, the current City Council President learned early last week Mayor Dawn Zimmer reversed her decision in choosing not to pursue a third term. The mayor simultaneously offered her endorsement to Councilman Ravi Bhalla. Many in Hoboken were taken aback by the simultaneous announcements and to learn no consultative conversations took place with the Reform team members on the City Council.
The suddenness of both decisions led to long time local reform activists asking who would be the most effective candidate to carry the mantle of Reform. Discussion began and continued through last weekend showing broad citywide support for the City Council President.
In 2011, Giattino won her first term on the City Council and immediately made an impact voting to approve updated pay-to-play laws and later that year, a crucial fifth vote to back the plan to save Hoboken University Medical Center, the local hospital, in a sale. She’s played an important leadership role in other votes crucial to Hoboken’s flood pumps and fiscal responsibility holding the line on taxes.
In 2015, Giattino won her second term to the council defeating the controversial Carmelo Garcia who filed a civil lawsuit in 2013 against Mayor Dawn Zimmer, her husband and the Hoboken Housing Authority after the remainder of his contract at the agency was terminated in August 2014.
The three other major declared mayoral candidates Giattino will face include Freeholder Anthony Romano who is announcing tomorrow morning, Mike DeFusco and Councilman Ravi Bhalla.
A Giattino entry in the mayoral sweepstakes means there will be four major candidates vying to succeed Mayor Dawn Zimmer as Hoboken mayor come November. She is a resident of Hoboken since 1998 and is married with three sons.
Years before becoming a candidate for the City Council in 2011, Giattino worked aiding the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.