Davis wins
Police captain beats incumbent Smith for mayor; council slate also wins
by Joseph Passantino
Reporter staff writer
Jun 11, 2014 | 4182 views | 1 1 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NEW MAYOR -- James Davis declares victory.
NEW MAYOR -- James Davis declares victory.
In an upset of epic proportions, Bayonne Police Capt. James Davis was elected mayor on Tuesday night, beating incumbent Mark Smith in a runoff.

According to the Hudson County Board of Elections, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Davis had 51.3 percent of the vote to Smith’s 48.7 percent. In addition, Davis’s coattails were long, with all four of his council candidates recording victories.

However, all of the races were extremely close, with only a few hundred votes separating the candidates. Davis will have four years to sway voters from the other side.

‘They said I had no shot’

“Who would have ever believed this?” Davis said incredulously minutes after learning of his victory on Tuesday. “Six months ago they said I was crazy and had no shot.”

Davis and Smith had to face off in this second contest when neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the May 13 regular election. That was due to the presence of third candidate Anthony Zanowic, who took 4 percent of the vote that day.

Davis’s supporters broke into cheers a little after 9 p.m. when he claimed victory in the election, appearing in the second-floor window of the San Vito Pizzeria on Broadway, where his campaign was tabulating vote totals.

In the at-large council race, Sharon Nadrowski and Juan Perez of the Davis slate received unofficial vote totals of 26 percent and 25.9 percent respectively, edging out Council President Terrence Ruane and Councilwoman Debra Czerwienski, both of Smith’s team, who garnered 25.3 and 22.7 percent respectively.

In the 2nd Ward race, Davis running mate Salvatore Gullace received 50.6 percent to Councilman Joseph Hurley’s (Smith) 49.3 percent.

The 3rd Ward contest was also close, with Gary La Pelusa of the Davis ticket amassing 50.4 percent of the vote, besting Councilman Raymond Greaves (Smith) and his 49.6 percent.

Old fashioned work

Nadrowski attributed the council victories to old-fashioned campaigning.

“We were getting out there and being with the people,” she said. “We were knocking on doors. We did hard work. We met with the people face to face.”

The race, however, also saw some of the most vicious mudslinging in Hudson County.

City ready for change

Davis campaign treasurer Robert Wondolowski said the city was ready for a change, contending that Bayonne was “let down” by the Smith administration.

“It’s a great community, but that feeling was lost over the last six years,” he said. “The people of Bayonne embraced what they saw as resurgence for the city.”

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June 20, 2014
I am happy to see them all go.

The departing City Council are just as responsible for a "divided' city as is the Former Mayor.

If any one of the former council ever run for office they will never be elected.

The vote's that any one of them ever received were for the former Mayor and not for them.(coat tails votes).

In a City where over 52% or 16,000 of voters boo them out.

Now lets talk about the rest of the residents 40,000 or so who did not like the Former Mayor or the team who were not able to vote.The street message was get The former Mayor out.

From the teenager to the Senior Citizen,whole families from block to block from up town to mid-town and downtown did not like the Former Mayor nor the team.

And what The Former Mayor represented.

I did what I could to could ouster them...............And it worked. Bye