Tossing his hat in the ring
James Davis announces his run for mayor
by By Al Sullivan
Reporter staff writer
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ANOTHER OPTION – James Davis has decided to run for mayor in next May’s election.
ANOTHER OPTION – James Davis has decided to run for mayor in next May’s election.
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Growing up in Bayonne, James Davis often had to distinguish which James Davis he was.

Soft spoken, but not soft, Davis is a captain on the Bayonne Police Department. He is not the house painter or any of the numerous others he has sometimes received phone calls for.

A police officer since 1986, Davis is probably best known for his role as part of the police Special Crimes Unit whose five-year investigation led to the arrest of scores of people in and out of Bayonne connected with an illegal internet gambling operation. While the investigation started under his watch in Bayonne, it soon blossomed beyond the city and resulted in significant involvement of federal authorities. His work brought to the city more than $1.5 million in confiscated criminal funds for use to bolster local law enforcement efforts.

But Davis has been involved in numerous levels of police operations from beat cop to being part of the Cops in Schools programs. He said he loves being a police officer.

“I love what I do,” he said. “I feel as passionately about being a police officer now as the day I started.”

Davis took a long time to make up his mind to run for mayor, but said he felt he could serve the residents of Bayonne at a higher level as mayor.

Even so, this is very early for any candidate—normally, candidates announce in late December or early January. The election isn’t until May of next year, but already three candidates have emerged: Mayor Mark Smith, Anthony Zanowic, and now Davis.

Although he delayed declaring in order to talk about it with his family, Davis said he is coming out early partly because rumors have circulated already and he wanted to put an end to speculation.

But he is still putting together his team, his platform, and his ticket. He said he will be running with council candidates.

“I’m speaking with people,” he said. “I’m looking for people with the same goals as I have.”

The mayor, three ward council seats, and two at large council seats are at stake.

After 27 and a half years as a police officer, Davis believes he has the skills to operate a municipal government, saying that leadership is finding the right person for the right job, and letting that person do the job.

He describes himself a loyal person who understands the concept of integrity.

“My father once told me that if I had a doubt about something I was doing that I should picture it on the front page of a [newspaper] and if I felt ashamed of it, then it is the wrong thing to do,” Davis said.

Bayonne, he recalls, was a very intimate place to grow up in, and something that the community seems to have gotten away from.

His father James, worked for Best Foods for 40 years, his mother Catherine, worked at the 4th Street ShopRite for 25 years after which she worked at the A&P until it closed.

He said he supports the teachers and their effort to negotiate a contract, and believes that an elected school board would be more accountable to the public.

“Longevity breeds corruption,” he said. “Kids are our future and if we can’t treat the teachers right, we’re not helping our kids.”

Davis has three kids, James, Joshua, and Jamie, one of whom attends a local public school.

“This is all about our children, and everybody needs a voice,” he said. “Teachers working without a contract for four years is not just an affront to them, but to the community.”

Davis said he is concerned about employees working for the city and the morale, believing many are “walking on egg shells” so as not to offend anyone.

He also said lawsuits involving land sales at the former Military Ocean Terminal overshadow the future of the city. While city officials say the lawsuits are on their way to being resolved, Davis believes they have a potential to cost the city many millions of dollars, which taxpayers cannot afford.

“We gave away the base to the Port Authority,” he said. “We’re going to have to sit down with all the people who have filed lawsuits and figure out how to resolve them. We have communicated other than in court.”

He is also running on the idea of transparency and said city hall should provide information readily to those who ask for it, and claims that there have been difficulties in obtaining information even through the approved process.

While he would like to have a detailed plan for solving the city’s fiscal’s problems, he can’t because until he gets elected, he won’t fully know how big a problem it is. But he knows that there has been a yearly budget deficit the city had been filling with land sales such as the one to Port Authority, something he says is a sign of serious problems.

Once in office, he knows he faces a stiff learning curve, trying to evaluate the situation based on what he learns once he has access.

“We don’t want to shoot from the hip and say we can cure the problems until we know how bad the problems are, and we won’t know that until we get into office to see,” he said.

At this point, he said he will be out campaigning, going door to door, and meeting with people, introducing himself while at the same time listening to community concerns.

“I’m an easygoing guy, but that shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness,” he said. “The mayor must be someone who brings that community together.”

Al Sullivan may be reached at asullivan@hudsonreporter.com.

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JoseCruz
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November 15, 2013
Great guy this Jimmy Davis. But here's proof that he's a racist!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hqJ4G3ZSBs

Jimmy Davis is not only associated with convicted felons such as Patrick Desmond, he's an all out racist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hqJ4G3ZSBs

Davis is done!!!
jingobets
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November 08, 2013
Compare this interview by Davis to the interview given by Zanowic this week.

You know what? There is no comparison. Davis is lost and needs a minder and mouthpiece in his interview, while Zanowic gives a plan and solutions

that make sense.

Davis got a slap down BIGTIME when these 2 interviews are put side by side.
DavisDesmondBaron
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November 07, 2013
Big problem with Davis. I was leaning his way until I saw he was with Pat Desmond at the VIP in Jersey City doing an interview to which Desmond seem to be his mouth. If you know Desmond then you know who he is and what he is about. Along with Desmond comes Donald Baron. Desmond and Baron are to clones. Both worthless.
David Collins
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November 01, 2013
Mr.Lifer more lies. Davis wasn't even there when the guy was killed at the trailer park. Ask Chief Ralph who was there. Lifer his old lady didn't throw him out. Soon lifer will be out of a job when Mayor Smith is ousted. Smith is the one with racial issues, I remember minorities having a meeting against him.
BayonneLifer
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November 01, 2013
LOL, pretty obvious that the council candidates are using Davis. It is well known Davis doesn't have a chance in hell. He cheated on his wife, got kicked out, now lives in Bayonne. Wonder if he is behind on child support?
BayonneLifer
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November 01, 2013
Maybe we should check who is posting when Davis is on CITY TIME?
johnmilansebik
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October 30, 2013
http://www.njcu.edu/uploadedFiles/Campus_Life/Calendar_and_events/Gothic_Magazine/GothicWinter2012.pdf

john sebik
johnmilansebik
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October 30, 2013
http://www.njcu.edu/uploadedFiles/Campus_Life/Calendar_and_events/Gothic_Magazine/GothicWinter2012.pdf
johnmilansebik
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October 30, 2013
no me bayonne lifer sorry
johnmilansebik
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October 30, 2013
not me
BayonneLifer
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October 30, 2013
Guy left Bayonne for 25 years. I'm sure he loves it so much. His old lady kicked him out after she caught him cheating. Tisk, tisk Jimmy, you wanted to play with the big boys. Stand by.
Bayonnite
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October 31, 2013
Typical trash talk by people who do not even know the candidate. We all know the current administration on how they act.

Our assemblyman throws drunken rants to our Governor at their functions; Mayor calls 911 drunk for someone just sitting in his car waiting to pick someone up; just because he's in the mayors block. Fire innocent people; threaten employees and put their hands out for bribes, not to mention the chief of police giving the go ahead on shooting a poor helpless man in the trailer park who only needed help. Hey, did you ever think about carrying tasers. Countless lawsuits against the city in which we as tax payers will be stuck paying for. This is what you people think good government is. No! It's not. Bayonne needs a change NOW!!! Mr. Davis is the change needed. His record proves it.
David Collins
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October 31, 2013
BayonneLifer, if you are a true Bayonne lifer than you know about the guy who was screwing around on his wife then accidently shot himself, I won't say who that guy is but if you are a true Bayonne Lifer than you know the dope I'm talking about.
BayonneLifer
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November 01, 2013
Didn't davis shoot the guy at the trailer park? He is a well known racist as well.
johnmilansebik
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October 30, 2013
What is needed for this City is someone with management experience. I will never knock police experience but it is still not Management experience. One needs the skills, experience and personality to manage and keep the work force motivated and working hard.. The position of Mayor is not a learn as you go position. One needs a plan and a vision. The rest is management of personnel and resources as best as you can. Mayor Smith had 6 years and the same people are in charge, going in circles, with no REAL progress. For someone who has been in the know in this town for years, I would think this candidate would have a plan and know the inner workings but he does not or he may not be sharing In my mind that means that he was not interested before and he is not interested now. This would only be a contest that puts two egos against each other.......just my opinion..........Zanowic for Mayor......
BayonneLifer
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October 30, 2013
I recognized that name, you were on Big Brother right? The guy who pulled the knife on that woman?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ1wXnvPTR4
David Collins
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October 31, 2013
If I want bowling lessons I'll go to Mr.Zanowic , more and more believing you are a Smith plant
JoseCruz
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November 15, 2013
Yeah sure Dave Collins, and when you want lessons in racism you'll go to Jimmy Davis?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hqJ4G3ZSBs

Davis is exposed and is done!!!
topgun18264
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October 30, 2013
Let's see if Smitty forces Davis to go on days so he can't do any campaigning? Coward move if he tries to. Does anyone think Smitty will resolve teacher contracts just before the election to make him look good? We all will stay tuned.
need_rent_control
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October 30, 2013
Has Mr. James Davis announced his position on rent control in Bayonne? The Bayonne Tenant Organization (BTO) plans on having the Public Question put on the ballot again in May 2014. Bear in mind that in the previous election vote on November 6, 2012, the BTO obtained over 6,100 votes.
BayonneLifer
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October 30, 2013
Wow, yes it is all about the children. What about your other family, you know the one who lives in Cranford? Hudson reporter should go interview them.
David Collins
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November 02, 2013
Debbie I can see why your first husband ran away fron you
David Collins
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October 30, 2013
Good luck Mr. Davis we needed an option in Bayonne other than 4 more years of Mark Smith. I like that Juan Perez you have been seen at events another smart , compasionate andhonest man.

While Smith looked the other way at the activities of his buds you did the right thing and locked up his mob pals.

Good interview not the usual garbage but honest and truthful comments.
BetterBayonne
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October 30, 2013
Honest and truthful comments such as "I would like to have a detailed plan for solving the city's problems but can't until I get elected" or "I'll face a stiff learning curve trying to evaluate the situation based on what I learn once I have access."

Give me a break. The guy hasn't made the effort to read the city budget which is available online. He wants us to vote him in and so he can learn?
Vets1799
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October 30, 2013
What people also don't know is all the hard work Mr.Davis and his special investigations crew put in, taking time away from their families. Why Did Smith break up the crew? The city was suppose to get all this money from the Hard work that unit put in, but decided to break the crew up. Wake up everyone. Sounds like Smiths friends were involved. The city could of used that money to put towards teachers contracts etc. Mr. Davis is an honest man who always done the right thing. Count another Vote in James Davis' Favor.
BetterBayonne
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October 30, 2013
www.zanowicformayor.com
David Collins
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October 31, 2013
Yes you can have a detailed plan until you actually review what the problems are
Glover5743
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October 30, 2013
James, glad to hear your running. James, I'll say this over and over, YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS!
Rtgram
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October 30, 2013
Wow; just because he is a Police Officer he is automatically linked to Smitty. You people really have no clue how disliked Smitty is with his own police dept and employees in City Hall. It's about time someone stepped up to the plate and bring this town in the right direction. Zanowic has no experience with the public except working in the bowling alley. I'm not knocking the guy. I know who he is, just not a qualified candidate with a backbone. Mr. Davis will be the person to do what's right for this town. Smitty's been here for over 4 years and has put us in the ground. Taxes, lawsuits, teachers with no contract, nothing but bad news. Good riddens.
jingobets
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November 08, 2013
You obviously do not know Zanowic. You may know who he is, but anyone who knows him would never he say he doesn't have a backbone. He's standing up against a political machine, are you? That takes plenty of guys and backbone. Oh, and he doesn't consort with known felons. Big plus in my book, and in most law abiding citizens books as well.
Legion19
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October 30, 2013
What a great candidate. This town needs an overhaul, oil change, or enema. the boys at the Legion are fully behind Jimmy Davis. we need to stop the corruption, cronyism, and deceit that is the hallmark of this administration.
jingobets
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November 08, 2013
You want a Mayor that consorts with known felons?
jingobets
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October 30, 2013
Officer Davis has a past of racial targeting of people. He will not get any votes in the Latino and Black communities. The only thing he will unite is his relationship with Smitty. Another drunken cop is not what Bayonne needs. We need a man with a solid plan.
David Collins
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October 30, 2013
jingobets really? Okay you are upset because Davis announced but these tantrums and making up of stories are you for real? You sound like a child making things up.This is why Zanowic isn't taken seriously because of people like you.
jingobets
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November 08, 2013
Mr. Collins,

Compare the interviews, Davis's to Zanowic's.

Davis looks like an amateur next to Zanowic. The ideas, the plans etc. The facts speak for themselves. Davis is not fit to be Mayor because he can't think on his feet and needs a minder at an his first interview. I find it comical that Davis sat there and let someone else speak for him, never mind that the guy speaking for Davis is a known felon.
SharonRhodes
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October 30, 2013
Mr. Davis doesn't have a plan for the City's fiscal problems? He can't until he gets elected? LOL Is this some sort of joke? He wants to be taken serious with quotes like that?
SharonRhodes
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October 30, 2013
Davis said "

“We don’t want to shoot from the hip and say we can cure the problems until we know how bad the problems are, and we won’t know that until we get into office to see,” (end of Davis quote)

Wow, sounds like Obamacare, vote it in before you know what it's all about. We see how that's working, don't we? No thanks Mr. Davis, I'll vote for someone with a real plan, that person is Anthony Zanowic.

David Collins
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October 30, 2013
What is Mr. Zanowic's plan? The community news covered this because Zanowic wasn't a true option, James Davis. Well respected, known throughout the community and was the guy who locked up all the Mayor's mob buddies there from the internet gambling arrests.
jingobets
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November 08, 2013
Mr Collins, you mention why Davis was covered and not Zanowic, right? Well now Zanowic has been covered in the paper and his interview makes Jimmy Davis's interview look like a childs. Mr. Zanowic put forth a plan, Mr. Zanowic put forth ideas and solutions and Mr. Zanowic talked for himself. He did not need a minder and mouthpiece to speak for him and guide him as Jimmy Davis needed. Oh, and Mr. Zanowic does not associate with convicted felons as does Jimmy Davis.