Friday, April 28, 2017

InsiderNJ UPDATE: "Sources indicate Soares & Fallick WON'T be the candidates"


Now you see 'em, now you don't.

InsiderNJ sources saying today regarding the DeFusco slate: "nothing is set" and Tony Soares and Cheryl Fallick "won't be the candidates."

Has a non-candidate for mayor ever wobbled like this?

It really behooves any candidate to announce early, to fundraise and get their name out there.

That's what Ruben Ramos did in 2013.  Ramos opened up his Vision for Hoboken Committee on February 27, 2013.   He'd already picked his at-Large City Council slate: Joe Mindak, Laura Miani and Eduardo Gonzales.  And Ramos still believes he would have won, but not for Tim Occhipinti's late entry.

This weird DeFusco campaign is working it backwards.

Their 'announcement' has come as a drip-drip-drip of leaks since October 2016.    In the meantime, the prospective candidate has been churning out campaign-style postings on issues beyond the First Ward- even seeming to dump on his own ward to pander to uptown voters (a resolution to offset bulk from 901 Bloomfield to 83 Willow).  DeFusco videos and postings criticize the mayor, attack the Zoning Board, make false, incendiary claims like "Hoboken said NO to Shake Shake" to build a constituency outside of the First Ward.

And while Defusco campaigns, surrogates badger his critics, call Phil Murphy and warn him not to come to Zimmer's April 17 fundraiser, badger  Karen Nason to get out of the race, telling her she can't win,  bragging how much loot DeFusco has raised.   And then there was Freeholder Stick Romano, who was threatened he wouldn't get the HCDO line if he didn't clear the field for DeFusco.... from North Bergen.

Yet, no announcement.

The DeFusco campaign juggernaut of North Bergen bosses, statewide political operatives and local developers  seems more eager to take on Mayor Zimmer than the candidate.

The Rumor
Well, folks... there is a rumor going around...

...its that DeFusco's backers are shifting their focus on his council slate because they no longer think he can beat Zimmer.  But... if they (the 'dark side') can win 2 council seats, they take back the majority from  Reform.  For the developers and Hudson County bosses, this means Zoning Board appointments, potential contracts.

Which means, (if the rumor is true) DeFusco backers prefer council candidates loyal to their political faction and not 'reformy' types. And they may not have found them yet, which is why they are hedging on the big announcement.

All in all, it's been an unusual political season... featuring a reluctant candidate whose surrogates have been throwing their weight around.


33 comments:

  1. Interesting conclusion that a candidate is wobbling.

    Sounds more like the sources don't know what the heck they're talking about.

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  2. His candidacy is a nothing burger.

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  3. Someones getting antsy.

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    1. Yeah, the Zimmer insiders that so are desperate to go on full court "politics of personal destruction" press. Didn't you see yesterday's comments? Looked like this:

      "Once they are candidates for an elected office they become public people everything is fair game. EVERYTHING!"

      Whether people personally like Soares or Fallick, they've been out there standing up to corruption and the dark side for years. Seems like a Bajardi/Mason type attack is poised and "antsy" to try to destroy them.

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    2. The comment you repeat is true. Everyone in public life knows that.

      No one has said a bad word about Cheryl- I like her in fact, though we have butted heads in the past. I have helped her with a personal matter recently.

      Your Bajardi/Mason analogy is absurd- I have never seen a bigger bunch of babies who equate criticism over their statements as "politics of personal destruction." Where have you been whenever my site gets spammed by political operatives calling me everything from a lesbian to a lithium user? You only turn up to dress Mike DeFusco's boo-boos. Hoboken politics is, as Mike russo famously described it, "a full contact sport." Yesterday one commenter objected to being called a "toad stool." Well it's not kind, but it doesn't mean what that anonymous person suggested. Insults aren't nice, but they are protected speech.

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    3. Agreed, GA. Let me break it down for this overly sensitive moron. Toad = a slimy creature. Stool = shit. Smash them up and you have a slimy creature perched on a pile of shit. Ergo, ToadStool, aka SFB.

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  4. Poor Tony, like Fredo he just wants respect.

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    1. Poor Dan, his D for Danny variances were denid

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  5. Those special sauces weren't ordered by The Burger Dude!

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  6. Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
    La la how the life goes on
    Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
    La la how the life goes on

    And if you want some fun sing ob la di boa da.

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  7. Wow, starting to sound like I might be the whole ticket! Wanky-in-Chief!! The Full Wanky!!! Fake news!!! Sad!!! The cover-up is worse than the criiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!!!!!!!!

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  8. Noticed the InsiderNJ update removed "Eduardo Gonzales" - first story said he was campaign treasurer. Rearranging deck chairs?

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    1. eduardo has been hanging around the doorway for every darkside ticket since time immemorial including cammarano's transition team. he's not non-abrasive version of patty waiters.

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    2. Maybe the Fake News on here just got it all wrong in an attempt to defame good people
      Simple because they dare challenge Nancys favored politician?
      Threatening to expose people and hurt them?
      This is no different than Mason and 411
      Really disgusting people

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    3. speaking of cammmarano's transition team................

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    4. 9:53- explain your allegation about "defaming." Who and how. Let's see if you understand what that means. I doubt you do, but it won't stop you from calling half the town and screaming your lungs out. No one "threatened" you (where have I heard that before?) -what they said was that as a candidate for office, a public person is subject to scutiny- including their public behavior which may include a prolific Internet slime trail. I have an idea, since you are so delicate maybe this site is not the place for you? You are incredibly similar in behavior and thought to a certain "Hoboken couple"- which includes your reckless use of the term "defame."

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  9. It seems that both Soares and Fallick finally realized that they couldn't come out of a losing election in which they played the role of Mike DeFusco's loyal sidekicks and retain any pretense of being reformers heroically standing up against corruption (as opposed to being exposed as narcissists standing up for themselves - a more apt description of the existing historical record).

    This leaves Mike without a ticket when he's basically announced he's about to announce. He's up the creek without a paddle. The only open question is whether he's smart enough to know when to put his tail between his legs and quit. Steve Fulop did that when he didn't run for mayor in 2009 after raising a ton of money and telling everyone he was running. He pulled back and four years later he was elected in a landslide instead of ending his career in defeat. Of course Fulop is way smarter than DeFusco and his rabbi Tom Bertoli is way smarter than Tony Soares (just my opinion).

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    1. Bertoli is a Russo supporter
      And in no way likes Zimmer no matter how hard those fake strivers try to pitch that line
      Not really sure why a behind the scenes operative who split from Fulop months ago ( see his quotes in recent JC rags)
      Tom was a Mason consultant and his strategy lost to Zimmer --duh!
      But again, why would Bertoli factor here- he's a paid operative, not a volunteer or ever a candidate or past politician

      Seems stupid


      This sounds like something from a lightweight public relations wannabes who spent a weekend at a Wellstone workshop

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    2. fake strivers? looks like 10:11 struck a nerve with 2:31.

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  10. It appears former NY Giants punter and Hoboken resident Steve Weatherford will be submitting for mayor. This is going to be an interesting race. Steve is passionate about Hoboken and does nothing but good deeds for the world and would make an excellent leader. Steve loves the community and will do a great job.

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    1. The announcement is coming in a few days. Eli Manning will be helping the campaign as well. More on Steve here - https://www.weatherford5.com/

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    2. Shipyardresident- Weatherford moved out of Hoboken so I guess he's running for mayor of Clifton.

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    3. That is not correct. Steve owns here still. He has 3 other homes in NJ, 1 in Illinois and 1 in San Diego. The benefits of being a football player is the fame and fortunes to be able to own so many homes. Steve is also a co owner of a Hoboken based healthy meal delivery service. Once announced, we will send all media outlets all pertinent information and his choices for city council. Thanks for letting us post and have a wonderful day!

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    4. we're just thrilled to be one of the many places steve calls home and delighted to be his vanity project. or will he be running for mayor in the other cities too?

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    5. Doesn't matter if he owns in every state, Hoboken is not his primary residence. So take your fake news and your fake screen name, and crawl back under your rock.

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    6. "Shipyardresident" is a dead link. A dumb op trying to get you to post fake news. SAD.

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    7. Eli Manning is in the middle af an $84million contract and has also sold his home and never campaigned for anyone when he did live here. But he'll make time for Weatherford.

      The stupidity of this story is boundless. Wonder why they're bothering. There used to be some discernible method to op madness. Now it's just dumb.

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    8. Eli Manning endorsed Dawn Zimmer and was a special guest at one of her fundraisers at the Madison.

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  11. Soares has a reform soul after all

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  12. 600 Hoboken resident volunteers took the the streets and parks yesterday to make their city a little better. Awesome.

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    1. Re-told for the election season.

      In an admission of UTTER FAILURE and CHRONIC MISMANAGEMENT, outgoing never-elected-by-a-majority mayor Dawn forced close to 1000 people to DONATE TO HER CAMPAIGN...


      ...to clean up a TINY FRACTION of the GARBAGE that is PILED HIGH in every street and alley in town.

      Since these so-called "volunteers" will benefit from their so-called "contributions," Pay-to-Play indictments and lengthy prison terms are INEVITABLE. Expect to see this group all doing the same thing at this time next year - but in orange jumpsuits!

      Meanwhile REAL REFORMERS will recapture city hall and do all kinds of REAL REFORMY type stuff.

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  13. https://www.insidernj.com/defuscos-challenge-gearing-hoboken-sized-shot-zimmer-context-cammarano/

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