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GA's seen a recent uptick in traffic from areas outside of Hoboken, from Bergen and Essex County to Trenton.
One reason may be the fate of HUD's Vision 20/20 Plan to redevelop the HHA. Millions of dollars in contracts are at stake. The Executive Director's shepherding of the project to fruition now seems uncertain. Years-old practices of the HHA administration are under new scrutiny by a Reform-majority HHA Board, Reform bloggers and a Reform administration. Of course, the real 'action' is happening beyond the reach of bloggers and at the DCA and HUD. You and I will be the last to know.
The other: November 5, 2013.
Yesterday, GA pondered what was behind Councilwoman Beth Mason's citywide phone poll. I wrote it signaled: (1) Mason was running Timmy for Mayor and (2) "Mason wants to drag national party affiliation and party loyalties into our local non-partisan mayoral race.... 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.. "
Well, GA's post caught the attention of a political insider who I'll call 'Insider'. Insider contacted me and laid out the Dark Side's November strategy:
Your close on the Mason Tim angle.Hysterical!
Mason wants Tim to run for Mayor so she can pick his ticket. They know he can't win but would put all their effort into winning at least one at large seat so they could take back control and she could get the council Pres.back.
She is polling Dem/Rep because they figure Zimmer will endorse Christie and they can make the whole ballot a Dem/Rep fight. State wide Dems can use her money in a proxy fight in Hoboken. Zimmer goes Christie. Mason Walks with Buouno down Washington street.
They have blown so much smoke up Tims ass that he is actively bad mouthing Reuben which is the second part of her plan.
If she can't have it,nobody can.
Reuben announced now so that he would not look like he got bounced off Stacks ticket. He has no where else to go.
Look for Pupie to run on Tims ticket for at large. Mason/ Raia figure if enough independents are running at large Frank will not need that many to squeak in. Up the ante on the VBM sale price and Pupie winds up the swing vote on the council.
Tim savages Zimmer and is so damaged he gets replaced in the 4th by someone else next time out.He has served his purpose. Make sense?
According to Insider:
Step 1: Dark Siders inflate Tim's ego like a Macy's Parade float!
Step 2: When the Gas Bag is full, the Dark Siders launch his candidacy for Mayor. Puffed up with pride, self-confidence, believing he's David to Zimmer's Goliath, Tim leads the mud-fest against the popular Mayor (Sullivan's "lamb to the slaughter"). And fights so dirty (Mason's people run his campaign and lay on the WORKS) that he get's irreparably damaged. POP goes the Gas Bag! Zimmer wins, Tim's political career: game over.
Wow, et tu Beth Mason! What a back-stabbing move. Mason sacrifices her Idiot to take back the City Council and be President.
I asked Insider about the Assembly seat: "I think Stack dumped her. Am I wrong?"
Yes.So that's it, according to my insider, Insider. Let's recap.
Stack and Mason could not come to terms over Gov race. Mason has invested so much money looking for a state wide DEM.office that she refused to endorse so Stack bailed.
Its a Mason/ Raia alliance now.
They will tank Ramos and hope Zimmer wears out her welcome in four years. Ramos will take revenge on Tim next election. This is all about the Gov. Race and using Hoboken like a Chess board because NYC media is so close.
Zimmer better be careful to not get sucked in. They add someone from Applied and maybe one of them slips into an at large seat.
So three tickets again. If Mason/Raia money gets a seat bought, great if not everyone gets muddy and she calls in her chips to state Dems.
- Mason and Raia tag-team to "tank" Ruben Ramos.
- Raia get's one At Large Seat, flips the Council and Mason becomes President. If they keep Doyle off the Council until then, they get Zoning Board appointments.
- GA's told you about the heaps of cash Mason's given to state and Congressional candidates. My estimate is in the neighborhood of $250K. Insider calls these her 'chips.'
- And she will use the NYC media to up her state/national profile as a Democratic Party warrior, making Zimmer a proxy for Christie and unleashing hell on her- cable tv ad buys, radio, print ads campaigns- with Timmy fronting it all, spalttered in mud. Mason? She floats above it all... and her operatives cash in.
- Timmy's collateral damage. He gets used and tossed like a Dixie cup.
But why should she?
And who cares if she does?