The PAC MAN cometh!
Did the PAC MAN cometh to Hoboken or rather did it come for Hoboken?
That is the question.
For those who lack the historical knowledge of what the true flavor of Reform stood, not the new and improved pay-to-play NJ Transit Cheatos variety mind you, read on.
There was one candidate in 2009 who did and voiced concern about the PAC monies being a true pay-to-play threat.
Her name? Dawn Zimmer.
From the NJ.com August 19, 2009 story:
Unions and Hoboken developer behind political attack fliers
Also from the same NJ.com story:
Look out #Hoboken, the PAC Man cometh? No, the NJ Transit loving PAC is here! Who for? @RaviBhalla darn well knows! https://t.co/qtq0r8T7pY pic.twitter.com/ONyOMEB8Gm
— Hoboken Horse (@hoboken_horse) November 4, 2017
Talking Ed Note: What changed for Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Ravi Bhalla? Oh, now the establishment power is fine with using PACs of union underwriting from outside Hoboken to advance entrenched establishment power. Wasn’t it enough to betray and destroy Reform in one back room deal?
Why the cynical divisiveness torching the Big Tent of Reform? Ok, there’s a good excuse here. You whacked Reform in the head and put it in a coma. Some are going to try and rescue. #ReformResistance
Comment was asked from both Mayor Zimmer and Ravi Bhalla how this meets good governance standards in Hoboken. The Mile Square City is seeing some rather long distancing from its Reform heyday where this was construed by Mayor Dawn Zimmer in 2009 as pay-to-play.