Truckin' to Hudson County

Truckin' got my chips cashed in
Keep truckin' like the doodah man
Together, more or less in line
Just keep truckin' on

What does the average person do if he/she messes the bed?   Washes the sheets and blankets, then makes it again. If you're Beth Mason?  You move to Hudson County.

Yep folks, she's truckin' outta here, fundraising for 'Hudson County Recovery.'

You know, GA's heart goes out to everyone who's suffered storm-losses in ll of Hudson County. But just take a look at how the storm has impacted Hudson County.  Then you'll see what I mean.  These facts from yesterday's Jersey Journal tell us the enormity of the damage suffered here in Hoboken relative to our neighbors in Hudson County.  
An analysis of aerial imagery by FEMA shows that Sandy damaged 2,316 structures in Hudson County; 1,011 of those structures sustained major damage.

The overwhelming number of the affected structures in Hudson County -- 2,248 -- are in Hoboken, according to the analysis.
Got that?  GA did the math: 97% of the damaged structures in Hudson County were in Hoboken.

97% Hoboken

Of those 2,248 damaged buildings in Hoboken, 974 of those buildings sustained major damage, according to the report.
Again,  96% of the major damage sustained occured in Hoboken.

96%  Hoboken

The next highest total of buildings that sustained major damage in Hudson County was in North Bergen, where out of 31 structures affected by the storm, 24 sustained major damage, according to the aerial analysis as reported by The Star-Ledger.
After Hoboken, the municipality that received the 2nd-most damage was North Bergen: 1.3% damages,  2.3% major damages.

1.3%  North Bergen (damages in HC) 
 2.3% North Bergen (major damages in HC)

 In Jersey City, 10 buildings were affected, according to the aerial assessment, three of them sustaining major damage; and in Bayonne two buildings were affected.
0.4%  (4-tenths of 1 percent) of the damages that occured in Hudson County were in Jersey City:

0.4% Jersey City (damages)
0.3% Jersey City (major damages)

0.08% (8-hundredths of 1 percent) of the damages that occured in Hudson COunty occured in Bayonne.

0.08% Bayonne
Hudson County contains 12 municipalities (ones that Mason is fundraising for in pink font):
1. Bayonne (city)--  31 Legislative District
2. Jersey City (city)-- 33 / 31
3. Hoboken (city)--  33 
4. Union City (city)-- 33
5. West New York (town)--  32
6. Guttenberg (town)--  32
7. Secaucus (town)--  32
8. Kearny (town)-- 32
9. Harrison (town)--  32
10. East Newark (borough)--  32
11. North Bergen (township)-- 32
12. Weehawken (township)--  33
With 97% of the property losses to businesses and residents here in Hoboken, why is Mason fundraising for far more populous Jersey City, Weehawken and Union City- which (according to FEMA surveys) have each have sustained less than one percent of property damage in all of Hudson County?

According to her 'charity', she is fundraising for 4 Hudson County municipalities in the 33rd District: Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and Jersey City- Ramos' Assembly District.  And Bayonne- Mayor Mark Smith is also HCDO Chairman.

You're sick of hanging around, you'd like to travel
Get tired of travelling you want to settle down
I guess they can't revoke your soul for trying
Get out of the door, light out and look all around

Here's the truth.  Hoboken is a wrecked city.    Larger, more populous cities than Hoboken that suffered fractions of 1-percent of the hurricane damage do not need Beth Mason's charity as much as she needs their votes.

Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been



  1. Mason uses a natural disaster that became the personal and professional crises of many Hobokenites and takes her destructive show on the road to garner votes and favor as she strategizes her next maneuver on her sorry path to irrelevance. No surprise there.

    What may be a surprise is that a casual survey of the charities that she purports to have lined up to be the recipients of her largesse are unaware that they are so-named. Hmmmm...

    These are lean times and many legitimate 501(c)(3)'s are suffering and would probably welcome the donations, but there is a process of engagement and the charity has to be a willing recipient - or in this case - willing to be exploited.

    For example, would UNICEF accept funds from a company which uses child-labor factories? Would the National Jewish Democratic Council accept donations from a council member who exploits the Holocaust and uses Nazi imagery to promote political campaigns? And would our local charities gladly accept donations if they knew there was an ulterior motive?

    Locally, that will be very a very limited moral conundrum. Apart from the Hoboken Shelter & The Jubilee Center, there are no other worthwhile Hoboken charities listed such as: In Jesus' Name; The Hoboken Boys & Girls Club; YMCA; HOPES CAP, Good Counsel; and the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps which lost two vehicles during Sandy.

    But we can all rest easier knowing that the Jersey City Moose Lodge will get needed help delivered no doubt via the vile video van.


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