Now you see her, now you don't.
In a slice of the editorial knife, Politickernj has removed Councilwoman Beth Mason from its coverage of her cocktail reception for State Senator Stephen Sweeney. Mason was billed as co-host of the Sweeney shindig according to nj.com's Auditor, who wrote this on November 12:
The Auditor has obtained an invitation for a cocktail reception honoring Sweeney hosted by his political benefactor, George Norcross, and Beth Mason ‚ a councilwoman in Hoboken, which borders Jersey City on two sides. The wealthy Mason modeled herself after Fulop when she was new to the Hoboken council 2008, but backed Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy in 2013, when Fulop ousted him. The event will take place Tuesday night at One Atlantic at the Pier Shops.
Now go to today's story in politickernj.
Beth Mason has been removed from her event as cleanly as a wart lopped off with a laser, root and all. Instead, Sweeney is billed as host, with no sight of Mason in print or in photo (unless that unidentified back-of-head is hers.) Mason does not even rate a mention as a "notable from the north:"
Notables from the north included a sizable Bergen County-based delegation, including state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), state Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37) and Bergen Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato, as well as Central Jersey stalwart state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).
Politicker's Mason-ectomy is no accident.
Last year, politickernj's coverage of the Sweeney bash featured a photo of the beaming couple, hostess and hosted, at the same venue as this year's party, One Atlantic.
That was then, this is now.
Yesterday, Politickernj released its "2014 Power List" of the 100 most-'powerful' in New Jersey's political world. 14 of the 100 were identified as "political operatives"- and one of them, #30 is Tommy Bertoli who moved up 5 places since last year. This annual recalibration of whose political influence is rising and whose is declining (or fallen) is the backdrop for the AC festivities, which include last night's cocktail party for Sweeney.
Mason has been erased, the question is why?
It appears that Sweeney's people may view her association with him a political liability. Which can only mean...
"GET ME THAT DAMNED SQUIRREL AUTOPSY!"