Party with Stick- UPDATED

A GA reader just sent me this:
I went to dinner at The Quays last night and it so happens Stick Romano was holding a fundraiser there.  There were maybe 40 or 50 people. Looked like a bunch of sleazy hack politicians and hangers-on sprinkled with some prime-time names here and there. I didn't get the sense there were too many big donors in the room. Pupie Raia was holding court. Perry Belfiore was there, but he wasn't like the Perry of old, he was very subdued.  I saw Jamie Cryan, Matt Calicchio and his brother Nick. Franz Paetzhold was there.  I couldn't help watching him, he looked like he wasn't engaged, not really talking to people.  Almost like he was uncomfortable being there, like a fish out of water. Ruben wasn't there, neither were the Russos, or Mason  or Castellano.  These were mostly people from the County.

(Update 10/10/11- 6:30 am)
Well, everybody's favorite self-proclaimed 'Political Insider' posted the scoop on the Romano shindig yesterday:
Hudson County Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano of Hoboken held a $250 a ticket party Thursday evening at the Quays on River Street. Stick is coming up in the political world if the crowd is the measuring stick. No numbers, but suffice to say the place was jammed.

Too many people to name but let's start with unusual Democratic suspects, county Executive DeGise, Sheriff Schillari, North Bergen Mayor and Sen. Nick Sacco and entourage, the Netcherts - freeholders' attorney Bill and County Clerk Barbara, Jersey City Councilmen Steven Fulop and Bill Gaughan, and Bayonne Democratic Party Chairman Jason O'Donnell.

Others on the scene were Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, former senator Bernard Kenny, local would be king-maker Frank "Pupie" Raia, 33rd District Democratic Assembly candidate Sean Connor, and Freeholders Bill O'Dea, chairman, Jose Munoz of West New York, and Doreen DiDomenico of Bayonne.

Hoboken Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Cryan was the host.

The question down the pike is whether Romano is collecting money for his upcoming freeholder election or is he saving some of it for a 2013 run at mayor? If it's mayor, it will be interesting to see what the other mayoral hopeful, 33rd District Assembly Ruben Ramos, will say about it.

So at $250 a pop, Romano did alright among Hudson County's glitterati. Ka-ching ka-ching.

But the people are are voting for Kurt Gardiner for Freeholder.

Go, Kurt!