Is Hoboken Councilwoman Mason considering a run for Lautenberg's Senate seat?
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COURTROOM ART – Councilwoman Beth Mason at a recent exhibition at the 1200 Gallery, which she owns, in Hoboken.
COURTROOM ART – Councilwoman Beth Mason at a recent exhibition at the 1200 Gallery, which she owns, in Hoboken.
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HOBOKEN AND BEYOND -- Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason has reached out to top state Democratic leaders to say she may be interested in the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg on Monday, according to a report on the Star-Ledger website on Thursday that cites anonymous sources.

Gov. Chris Christie temporarily appointed New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to fill the seat on Thursday, pending a special election in October.

Other prominent Democrats and Republicans in the state have expressed interest in running, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Mason has run for higher office than councilwoman before; she lost a mayoral bid to the current mayor, Dawn Zimmer, in 2009. She has been a vocal opponent of Zimmer since then, although in a letter that was submitted to the Hoboken Reporter earlier this week, she pledges to work with Zimmer on the issue of helicopter noise.

The Star-Ledger describes her as "one of the state’s most prolific donors."

The newspaper says that she "has been reaching out to leading Democrats expressing interest in the seat, but she has not decided whether to run, according to two sources familiar with Mason’s thinking who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to talk about internal deliberations...[Mason is] a former president of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG)and a founding member of the Hoboken-based nonpartisan civic association People for Open Government."

Mason declined to comment for the piece.

Candidates must collect 1,000 signatures on petitions by next Monday at 4 p.m. if they want to run.

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truthmeter
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June 07, 2013
I've heard that Mason is "offering" to run to siphon off votes from Booker to help Frank Pallone. She get's name recognition and the promise of a job with a fancy title. I expect that her "offer" is being treated as a laugh line but given the sad state of the NJ democratic party one never knows.

Christie can do no wrong cause even when he screws up the dems screw up worth and he wins anyway. What a bunch of bozos!

recallbethmason
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June 06, 2013
C'mon, she has no chance of getting re-elected to the 2nd ward as council person besides getting elected to the senate. She is a laughingstock of the hoboken community. Guess you guys don't read your own newspapers about the rumors of a recall election against beth. She is done.