|top photo: Peter Cammarano associating with Lane Bajardi at his July 1, 2009 mayoral inauguration , bottom photo: Mayor Peter Cammarano arrested on July 23, 2009, charged with accepting $25,000 in cash bribes from an undercover cooperating witness|
It was 6 years ago today, on July 23, 2009, that 44 individuals were arrested in New Jersey's largest political corruption sting to-date; 29 were public servants and political operatives, 5 were orthodox rabbis from the Syrian Jewish community.
Yes, our mayor, Peter Cammarano was one of them.
Before Peter Cammarano was elected mayor in a run-off with Dawn Zimmer, he was the general election opponent of a field of candidates which included Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason.
Many attribute Mason's distant third place finish to the sheer nastiness of her campaign, believed to be fueled by a small but influential group of political operatives.
Emails produced by Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal in their failed SLAPP suit prove this to be true. Speaking of sheer nastiness, what about dropping a 'deadbeat dad' story about a political rival, outing his illegitimate child, casting the poor thing in the NJ media spotlight?
WHO would be that debased, that cruel, that disgusting to humiliate someone's child, expose her to scorn, just to advance Beth Mason's mayoral campaign?
WHO is that big a scumbag?
At 3:33 AM on May 7, 2009 Lane Bajardi emails James Barracato "T-Minus Five Hours from the email." The message: "Our favorite website [Hoboken411.com] will blast the deadbeat off at 8:30 Thursday morning."
At 8:30 AM, on May 7, 2009 Hoboken411 publishes, "Peter Cammaranos Hidden Life. " The reaction from the Cammarano campaign is immediate, and candidate Cammarano held a press conference to deny the filthy smear posted on Hoboken411:
At a press conference he held today to announce his platform, Hoboken mayoral candidate Peter Cammarano vehemently denied internet rumors that he's a deadbeat dad who was taken to court for not paying child support.... "These people who are behind this, if they have their hands on some kind of arrest warrant -- unless someone can demonstrate I've actually violated my obligation, that I've been in arrears .... this is a private family matter." Cammarano said the deadbeat dad allegation is a "shameful, low, disgusting, false and fraudulent" rumor spread by his mayoral rivals, specifically Beth Mason.Emails prove that Camarrano was right. Mason's Minstrels of Smear were neck-deep in this mud.
Starting at 9:28 AM this exchange occurs that morning, as the Mason campaign rushes to do damage control.
That day, emails [not posted] show both the Zimmer Campaign and Ravi Bhalla contact Hoboken411 rquesting to pull ads effective immediately.
At 6:03 PM Michael Goldberg, attorney working with Peter Camarrano, emails Hoboken411; Hoboken411 forwards the email to Lane Bajardi.
At 7:51 PM on May 7, 2009 Lane "Red Haven" Bajardi emails Hoboken411: "I'm going to have to write a substantial update that will need to run in the morning. I want to do everything we can to avoid a lawsuit..."
At 2:34 AM on May 8, 2009, Lane Bajardi emails "Cammarano Part Deux" to Hoboken411 with the message: "Here we go again..."
These emails prove that the ghostwriter of this notorious Hoboken411 smear, an eleventh hour effort to influence the election outcome in favor of Beth Mason, was none other than the Plaintiff of the failed SLAPP suit, Lane "Not an operative" Bajardi.
Hence it is fascinating that only 10 weeks later, here Lane Bajardi was at the City Council, urging his "deadbeat dad" target to keep authority over zoning board appointments.
And the next day...