|Isn't she lovely?|
Congratulations, Harvest Queen!
It's a wonderful thing to beat out all the other contestants for the crown. Doesn't matter how you do it either, as long as you end up wearing the rhinestones.
Hoboken has it's own Harvest festival: we call it "election day." Instead of riding floats, our Harvest Queens sit in a chair at the City Council or on the Hoboken Board of Education.
Last week's harvest festival anointed a new Queen with a whopping 466 absentee ballots- an amount nearly 6 times greater than the machine-vote winner's 77 VBMs.
Certainly, 2014's crop was not as bountiful as the 2010 Harvest Queen's, with 575 paid campaign workers in an election where only 2,076 cast ballots, and nearly all "campaign workers" voted absentee.
|original graph source: Blue Jersey " How much does it cost to Buy and Election in Hoboken's 4th Ward"|
Both 2010 and 2014 Harvest festivals may have something in common: an investigation by the Hudson County prosecutor and perhaps even the NJ Attorney General or the US District Attorney.
G-d save the Queen!
The 2010 Harvest festival 'allegedly' paid $40 per ballot- um, apple... while in 2014 the 'alleged' price dropped to $35.
But here's the kicker: unlike 2010, in 2014 the 466 VBM harvest was not decisive.
466 absentee ballots simply turned a School Board Trustee into a Harvest Queen.
And that is sad for the Queen, who had earned a Board position before the smelly bumper crop of ballots was counted, and now is tainted by them.