Many of us 'old timers' recall when nj.com's Hoboken Forum was churning with political operatives, cranks, activists, passers-by, locals and lunatics, slugging it out in a 24/7 cyber-fight club.
Yes, that board was rough-and-tumble (an understatement.) I posted there as "Clockwork3."
In 2010, after I began my term on the ZBA, "messages" like this one began to pop up on the forum:
A videographer who said "someone hired him" showed up at my ZBA meeting to film "on Tuesday."
Hey, Beth Mason's videographer did film me at the Zoning Board for 12 months... and the video did play on a sound truck ("Nazi Truck") for the BoE "Move Forward" campaign.
Messages would pop up about my running for re-election as Democratic Committeewoman for Ward 6- District 5...
...and invitations to resign my Committee seat.
GA has a reasonable basis to believe that these "messages" to silence this blog, to deprive me of my constitutional right to participate in the democratic process, came from the same miserable group behind the SLAPP suit. Yes, the kind that wish "painful vasectomies" on their political opponents, that try to impoverish them with in court for political free speech.
Here is one of Team SLAPP, believed to be Mason's chief political operative, warning Horsey and myself of "what Lane [Bajardi] has in store for us" if we "keep yapping."
The irony of course, is that they SLAPPed themselves silent. Their fake lawsuit emptied the nj.com Hoboken Forum and Hoboken Patch discussion boards; neither ever recovered.
So, we bid good-bye to the nj.com one time free-for-all, where municipal board members and elected officials and SLAPP suits could be threatened by real bullies.
I can't say I will miss it.