Well folks, here's some dish...
GA's heard chatter which portends a shake up in Hoboken's mayoral race.
Sources inside and outside our Mile Square are telling GA pretty much the same thing: the 'Money Men' behind mayoral candidate Mike DeFusco have become uneasy.
The Money Men's estimated "hundreds of thousands of dollars" may either be tucked in a PAC or an Independent Expenditure (I.E.) account; unlike PACs, I.E. accounts circumvent ELEC filing requirements, and there are no contribution limits.
In any event, sources say these Money Men are dismayed by the lackluster performance of their chosen candidate, Mike DeFusco. Specifically, his failure to build his campaign, mistakes, and a failure to build necessary relationships for a successful campaign. In short, they are reconsidering their support.
These are various quotes from sources:
"He hasn't gotten traction."Don't shoot the messenger, people.
"He's squandered 5 months of opportunity to build a candidacy that's self-sustaining."
"He's way behind where he should be."
"Romano has an alliance with Stack and Murphy on the line. Not through endorsement but Stick may be more effective. Has name recognition, likeable, respectful, country wide relationships, law enforcement pedigree."
"The better candidate is right before them but they haven't seen him."
"Romano checks all the boxes."
"They're looking at Russo, Raia, Ruben and Romano."
"Once Romano locks up Freeholder he has something to trade."
"Romano is an easier sell. He's already loved at the county."
Based on sources, the Money Men seem to be weighing other options, and it looks like all roads lead to Romano. GA was told:
"Through all the virtues and assets Romano is a better candidate than DeFusco... Freeholderships are very powerful positions to builders and labor unions... 100's of millions of dollars in economic redevelopment go through the Freeholders... between next Tuesday and July he's in a position to negotiate as to support for his run for mayor. He'll have something to offer."Hmmm. The plot thickens!