Hoboken councilwoman: Neither mayoral candidate is good enough
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HOBOKEN -- Critics of Mayor Dawn Zimmer in Hoboken fought among themselves for so long this year that it took a long while for anyone to emerge to oppose Zimmer in the upcoming November mayoral election. And apparently, the anti-Zimmer forces are still splintered.

In Al Sullivan's column to come in this weekend's newspaper, 1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano has harsh words for Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, who is Zimmer's only announced opponent.

Castellano, a Zimmer critic herself, doesn't believe Ramos has the chops to run the city.

“I do not think Ruben or Mayor Zimmer have the material for a chief executive,” she says in the column.

Castellano also says that her son is working for Ramos.

“My son is taking the job," she said. "He sees it only as a job. I just don’t want people to think that I’m supporting Ruben just because my son is working for Ruben.”

She said the rumors about her running herself, or holding back her support in exchange for a job, are not true.

To read more of Castellano's comments and to read more about politics throughout Hudson County, please pick up the print edition of the Reporter this weekend.

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PAX07030
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August 01, 2013
Mr Ramos needs to remember that blood is always thicker than water.

No wedge. I think the Russo family thought John Castellano needed some more campaign experience after his disaster running the Move Forward School Board elections, so they got him working for Ramos. A little cash, a little experience, a little inside information. Win, win, win.

Ruben Ramos has been helpful to them in his early attacks on Mayor Zimmer and that accounts for Michael Russo attending most of Ruben's events.

It is long been said that the Russo/Mason/Old Guard know that they can not win the mayor's office and are only working to get one more seat on the City Council to get a majority. They remember fondly the short time when they bought their rubber stamp Tim Occhipinti to control the City Council. They want that power back to restock the Zoning and Planning Boards, vote in their people to control HHA to pass and the list goes on and on.

Having the Russo family in control of the City Council would give them almost they same power they had before Mayor Anthony Russo was convicted of corruption.

PAX07030
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August 01, 2013
Speaking of John Castellano it has been long rumored that Theresa Castellano will run for a Council at Large seat in November and if she wins the Russos will have the City Council votes needed to appoint him to fill their open seat.
Recallbeth
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August 01, 2013
ATTN Hoboken Reporter (and other media), when are you going to realize that we do not care what any of the Russo family have to say? Clearly their antics over the years have been unethical and borderline criminal (except in the cases where they have actually been indicted, see former mayor). Hoboken is changing or has changed and there is no longer a place in our community for corrupt individuals like these so it would be appreciated if the media would realize we sure as hell don't want to hear these individuals opinions, their past actions speak for themselves. On that same note, Ms. Castellano, weren't you the one who tried to kill the sale of the hospital? You have no right to criticize anyone as you almost single handily caused the city to file for bankruptcy. Shame on you. We will never forget!
truthmeter
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August 01, 2013
I've got to agree. There are many reasons why Ramos is a horrible choice for mayor but Mrs. Castellano's low opinion of him is decidedly not one of them.

What's odd is that Mrs. Castellano has expressed this low opinion despite Mr. Ramos's having run a campaign so far in which he has consistently followed wherever Mrs. Castellano and her council cohorts Russo, Mason and Occhipinti have led.

With no-one to follow Mr. Ramos will be lost. Perhaps someone should buy him a compass.

UpandOnward
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August 01, 2013
Disagree with part of the statement, I think the media should cover their antics as much as possible as shining a light over &over is best way to change.