Will anyone run against Zimmer?
Politicos still hush-hush about candidates in November mayoral race
by Amanda Palasciano
Reporter staff writer
Feb 17, 2013 | 5254 views | 4 4 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WHO WILL IT BE? Rumors are flying regarding who will run against Mayor Dawn Zimmer next November.
WHO WILL IT BE? Rumors are flying regarding who will run against Mayor Dawn Zimmer next November.

With Mayor Dawn Zimmer up for re-election next November, rumors have abounded about possible candidates to replace her, but as of last week, some of the rumored candidates would not comment.

While Zimmer has several vocal critics, particularly Councilman Beth Mason, no one has confirmed that they will face the popular mayor in the fall. Recently, sources have said that Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr., who grew up in Hoboken and still lives here, is comtemplating a run.

This past Tuesday, a spokesman for Ramos said, “Nothing is official yet. He is weighing options, but we have not opened any accounts yet or started any petitions yet.”
The new deadline to submit a petition for the mayoral race is Sept. 3.
The 2013 mayoral election was originally to be held in May. Two petitions circulated last year, moving the race to Nov. 5 to coincide with the election for New Jersey governor, and eliminating expensive runoff elections.

Zimmer is likely to benefit from the move, as she may get help from Gov. Chris Christie, with whom she is allied.

Potential candidates

If the election had been held in May, candidates would have to file petitions by March 5. But with the change, they have until Sept. 3, according to the Hoboken City Clerk’s office. This gives plenty of time for candidates to emerge.

Names bandied about have included Ramos, 1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, County Freeholder Anthony Romano, 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti, and local developer and former Councilman Frank “Pupie” Raia.

The mayor isn’t the only local official up for re-election. Three council-at-large seats are up as well. The other six seats on the council are for specific wards and are not up for election until 2015.

As of now, Zimmer is the only candidate who has filed a 2013 mayoral account with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Councilman Tim Occhipinti, a Zimmer critic, has a 2015 City Council account filed with ELEC. Last week, rumors swirled that Occhipinti and Councilman Michael Russo were in secret talks with Ramos, presumably to run for council on his ticket.

Occhipinti said Wednesday that no such meetings have taken place. However, he would not comment on whether he will run for council-at-large this year, and whether he has talked to Ramos about running with him.

Mason for Assembly?

Some rumors have suggested that Mason will run for Assembly. Two Assembly seats are up for election in the June primaries this year and then in November.

On Wednesday, Mason declined to confirm or deny the rumor.

Amanda Palasciano may be reached at amandap@hudsonreporter.com.

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February 20, 2013
where is the mayor's 'volunteer' good squad to beat up on any potential critics here? nancy pinkus, john greg./hobbes, where are you bullies? she might need you to defend her and intimidate people!!
February 18, 2013
"It's been reported matter-of-factly on at least one reputable news site that Mr. Ramos is running for mayor of Hoboken"

Cmon bro we all know he is running but if he wont' comment then all they can do so far is print that it is a rumor and ask him about it, What did Rubin say when the news site asked him for his coment. if they didn't really ask Rubin the very person they were writing about, then they should. As for Bet well we know where she is heading

February 20, 2013
There's also something known as in-depth source reporting, but I guess we shouldn't expect that.
February 17, 2013
Really? First of all, the first sentence says the election is next November. It's this November. Or, it could have just said, "in November".

Everyone knows our Assemblyman already has his team together, including 3 council candidates, all who don't currently serve on the council. It's been reported matter-of-factly on at least one reputable news site that Mr. Ramos is running for mayor of Hoboken - yet I read the paper this morning and couldn't believe how far behind this story was. Also, a certain developer who funds everything also wants to run because he doesn't get along with our Assemblyman. And yes, the councilwoman from the north end of town will run on the Assembly ticket. "Some rumors have suggested that Mason will run for Assembly." Really? Sources are now just "rumors" aka what everyone says on blogs. Ugh.