A story speculating on a replacement of the controversial Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia exploded into the statewide political zeitgeist asking if Mayor Dawn Zimmer will have a role working with State Senator Brian Stack in identifying his replacement.
The feature story sure to add fuel to the speculation Garcia is on the outs comes after a MSV story the end of last month covering the same subject.
The precipitating event as has been often discussed here is the unseemly tape recording and attempted set up of former State Senator Majority Leader and the mayor’s husband from the Mile Square:
The story continues to outline how Garcia’s little tape recorder revealed in another case by his “ethnic cleansing” attorney Louie Zayas mistakenly exposed “The Wire,” as he’s called in Trenton’s legislative hallways:
Discussion follows saying Garcia is not “100%” but no one on or off the record is saying he has a prayer of maintaining political support to keep the seat. There’s no hint however of the raging fire going on inside the crippled Hoboken Housing Authority, the agency which terminated Mister Carmelo last August. Federal investigations are continuing at the agency as it attempts to pick up the pieces of the destruction left in his wake.
“It’s not 100 percent he gets thrown off the line — though if I were a betting man I’d bet that he doesn’t come back,” one source in the story ominiously says.
The story asks how a potential replacement will be identified raising the idea State Senator Brian Stack and Mayor Zimmer may band together to endorse a choice but notes a cultural divide between the Hoboken Reform movement and HudCo:
The PolitickerNJ feature asks if an Assembly replacement will come from Hoboken or land up as a choice from Union City or Weehawken.
It’s a fascinating insight into the burgeoning questions burning around who will replace Carmelo “Dead Man Walking” Garcia. The pr campaign all but announced the previous week at the Hudson Reporter touting Beth Mason’s intentions of obtaining the Assembly seat is not mentioned at all.
“Speak into the mic.” Carmelo Garcia is the center of statewide speculation but it’s not positive about his future. A PolitickerNJ story asks who will be his replacement and if Mayor Dawn Zimmer will work with State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack in doing so.