Friday, February 26, 2016
Mr. Romano's "Chief of Staff" Goes to Washington
Oh no, Ruben missed the train!!!
Yesterday, a train full of movers and shakers chugged from Newark to D.C. for the 79th Annual Walk to Washington. The train was chartered by the NJ Chamber of Commerce and sources tell GA that registration, including the train ticket, cost $690...
Cheapskates need not apply!
But for political networking, it's a serious schmooze-fest, with the biggest bigs-wigs in New Jersey politics trapped together on a train for a couple of hours.
Well, GA's got eyes and ears outside of Hoboken...
Check out what was given out yesterday on the Chamber train:
Don't get it?
According to sources, Joe Branco, the failed co-manager of "Move Forward 2012" was on the train hosting a "free bar" dispensing complimentary drinks and introducing himself as "Anthony Romano's Chief of Staff."
Sources report that the failed campaign manager, "kept telling people how bad Zimmer is and complaining about bike lanes and flood protection measures" to anyone with ears.
GA was told, "People didn't give a shit, they just wanted the drinks."
In fact, a source put it this way: "[the failed campaign manager] was 'harassing' anyone that came near him."
GA was told there weren't many Hudson County people on the train aside from the "Move Forward 2012" political flop. But that doesn't mean the all those Romano 2017 cups went to waste; some movers and shakers might have saved their cups to relieve themselves in if the overcrowded train urinals filled up.
In the meantime, my friend Ruben overslept, and missed the Chamber train. Why would he squander an opportunity to schmooze with Union leaders and lobbyists- ka ching?
Is this a sign Ramos isn't serious about running for mayor in 2017?
GA thinks Ruben allowed Anthony Romano to get a jump on future endorsements and/or contributions from movers and shakers.
Imagine all of the new friends Ruben would have if he had made the train and given out these?