So, did you pick up the phone when Beth Mason called you last night?
I didn't. SpongeBob's snail ran away from Bikini Bottom and you know, I have my priorities.
But a friend who did sent this:
Just got a research poll. I was trying to takes notes during the call....the basics:Why does GA call it a Beth Mason poll?
1. In State elections to you always vote, sometimes, never...
2. Describe yourself...liberal, somewhat liberal, conservative...
3. How are you registered... dem, repub, independent...
4. How do you feel about the job Chris Christie is doing...strongly approve, somewhat approve, strongly disapprove.....
5. How do you feel about the job Mayor Dawn Zimmer is doing.... strongly approve, somewhat approve, strongly disapprove.....
6. If election was held today, would you vote for Chris Christie or Barbara Buono.....def, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, undecided, def not....
7. If the election was held today would you vote for Dawn Zimmer or Ruben Ramos.....
8. If a candidate endorsed a candidate for Gov, would that impact your vote for mayor...def, somewhat likely, unlikely, def not....
It didn't come from the Zimmer camp. Ramos is barely mentioned. Nothing about his work in the Assembly (which he would have called 'accomplishments').
And who else has the cash to blow on a citywide poll this early- 9 months before the election?
But more-so, the questions tell you who is behind it. ka-ching.
GA believes Mason is looking at 2 things.
One is the strength of support for Ramos in a race against Zimmer, how much of the Mayor's support could be 'up for grabs' and what that might bode for a third candidate.
1 leg of lamb, bone in (about 6 to 7 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
8 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepperDirections:Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Using your hands, rub the lamb all over with the lemon juice. Pat the garlic and rosemary evenly all over the surface of the meat. Season the meat with the salt and pepper and place the lamb in a roasting pan. Place the lamb in the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to cook for about 1 hour longer for medium-rare, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast registers about 145 degrees F to 150 degrees F (be careful that the thermometer does not touch the bone.) Remove lamb from pan and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
Yup, Tim Occhipinti. With garlic and rosemary.
That's the scuttlebutt. You heard it from Al Sullivan, too.
What's clear is that Mason is not backing Ramos- yet. The signs: (1) Ruben's stingy coverage buried on the bottom of page 2 in the the Hoboken Reporter (2) zero coverage of Ramos in Mason cyber-rag, Hoboken411 (3) Al Sullivan turns Timmy into lamb chops and his column goes AWOL from the HR's web site (4) a city-wide poll to test the strength of Ruben, and the softness of Zimmer....
Can you say these words: Mayor Tim.
Next, this poll makes it absolutely clear, Mason wants to drag national party affiliation and party loyalties into our local non-partisan mayoral race. (Truly bizarre and doomed to fail, but that's why she's not running for her second mayoral term and Zimmer is.)
If the Councilwoman gets her way, you'll think that Christie is running for mayor of Hoboken, not Zimmer. Expect a TV ad campaign, and don't be surprised if she buys network airtime with the usual cable. This is all about brushing up her Democratic Party bonafides as she continues to seek a path to Washington D.C..
Of course, she'll let her squadron of bottom-of-the-barrel political consultants run amok, lowering public discourse with Nazi Trucks and midnight fliers, and all of the stuff that lost the BoE election for the Dark Side. GA heard from a source how one of them hooked up with Beth Mason during her 2009 mayoral campaign:
Brendel was an overpaid schlub whose blast list was beyond useless and he was just looking for some new shady coattails to ride as his boy Vas went down the tubes.That's the father (tree) with his son (apple) at the ZBA as junior filmed me for The Nazi Truck.
|left: Mason operatives film GA at the ZBA, right: Tim Brendel's video plays on the Nazi Truck|
GA really wishes Stack would reconsider. Beth Mason needs a hobby.
One more thing: wouldn't you like to see her Passport? Do you think we'd find a stamp from Italian Immigration on or around October 3, 2012?