According to one source:
Everybody is on hold until she [Beth Mason] makes up her mind... Beth is stalling to make other people wait... people who won't jump into the race until she's out of it... that makes them less likely to win... delays ability to campaign and get name recognition... if she gives it too soon and decides that she's not going to run.. the only power she has now is if they think she's going to run. Biancamano has Pupie behind him so he's running whether or not Beth gets in. Beth is delaying on purpose to screw other people. She's flexing her muscle.Interesting!
Today Horsey reported that Beth Mason "paid a bevy of kids to lurk outside Kings Supermarket to collect petitions for her re-election."
Mind you, petitions require 100 signatures; as of today, Mason has 55 days left to collect them (on or before August 31). That is 1.81 signatures/day. Even Pol Pot could've done that. In short, this petition drive is no more than Mason's foot-stomping temper tantrum to former allies who spurned her on the Democratic Committee: "I will run if you make me!"
To no effect, it seems.
Mason or no Mason, sources say Peter Biancamano is running.
And 2nd Ward resident Bonnie Murray sounded very much like a candidate in her June 28 letter published in The Hoboken Reporter:
After conversations I had with Officer David Montanez of the Hoboken Police Department, he quickly shared this with his team and quickly evaluated the corners. The result was the technology needed to be fixed and for that I want to thank him as well as all who impacted this change at the Hoboken Police Department.In an interesting side note, Murray's letter really infuriated longtime 2nd Ward resident, community activist and beloved crossing guard, Margaret O'Brien. O'Brien commented below...
I also requested crossing guards be placed at these same corners. We have so many pedestrians and kids who cross these corners whether it's kids coming home from school; or visiting our great parks down near the waterfront. Given how busy the intersection is, it is a location where sometimes adults and kids crossing by themselves might need assistance crossing. I am happy to see that my request was granted..
Yep, it is election time. (Personally, I would suggest an apology to Margaret, who has been advocating for her ward for many years.)
Others rumored to be mulling over a 2nd Ward run: Franz Paetzold and David Liebler.
So, Mason's delaying game and petition drive have not made a ripple in 2nd Ward waters. But outside her ward, political enemies- those whom she and her soggy tuna have betrayed- may be watching.
In fact, GA speculates some outside of Hoboken would really like to see her run.