GA caught this one yesterday- an Observer politickerNJ.com online poll titled, "Who is New Jersey's Next Lieutenant Governor?"
On it were 11 names, one of them: "Former Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason."
I watched the poll, saw the voting for one name steadily rise in the rhythm of a rebooted computer; refreshed and ready to vote again. PING! PING! PING!
GA watched that one name skyrocket past the other far more well-known names, then rest comfortably at 305 votes, and 52%. And there it stayed until...
In the morning, back to work! The poll-rigging (my OPINION) started up again! ZOOM! ZOOM! ZOOM!
Up went the vote total! Reboot, vote! Reboot, vote!
Hilarious! Will Sweeney buy it?
This is a statewide poll. What kind of name recognition does a Hoboken Ward Councilwoman have statewide?
She does have name recognition to NJ politicians who know she sprays cash like a feral cat.
You may find this interesting: from New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission's September 2015 White Paper 26, Table 20: “Legislative Elections 2013- Big Spending, Little Change Plus a History of Self-Financing by Legislators and Others,”
How many NJ politicians would spend $1.395 M on municipal races?
Politicians who are vying for the Lieutenant Governor slot, know what you are up against. No road out of Hoboken is too low to travel.
In GA's opinion, the poll is crap, a scam, a con, a cry for attention Hoboken residents know so well: "Pick me! Pick me!"
A problem with the current generation of politicians is most are not internet savvy. Most probably don't get how easily internet poll results can be manipulated, especially a poll like this. Just to test, GA voted a couple of times.
Advice to older pols: get at an internet savvy, social-media savvy adviser on your staff.
Beth Mason's political operative- her onetime webmaster, is internet savvy.
But really, anyone can rig an online poll - even a chimpanzee!