Zimmer, the city’s first female mayor who was first elected in 2009, won a tight election in November against soon-to-be-former state Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti. Zimmer’s victorious council slate of incumbents Ravi Bhalla and David Mello and newcomer Jim Doyle will also be inaugurated in the ceremony.
The ceremony is set to kick off at noon on Saturday in DeBaun Auditorium, on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology at the intersection of Fifth and Hudson streets. A reception, including dessert courtesy of Buddy “The Cake Boss” Valastro and a musical performance by local funk lords Swingadelic, will follow at Stevens’ nearby Babbio Center.
The ceremony is expected to be attended by many of New Jersey’s most powerful elected officials, including both U.S. Senators – Robert Menendez and Cory Booker – as well as U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell and several state officials. Former Gov. James Florio, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise (along with all nine Hudson County Freeholders), Speaker-elect of the New Jersey State Assembly Vincent Prieto and state Senators Nicholas Sacco, Brian Stack and Sandra Cunningham are also expected to attend. – Dean DeChiaro