Campaign “newspaper” crosses the line
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To the Editor:

I am a wife, mother, and counselor at Bayonne High School. I have been blessed to be married to Mark Smith, and we have two beautiful and courageous daughters. I use the word courageous because, for the past three months, they have been subjected to an ongoing assault on their father by Mr. James Davis, his running mates, and his complicit supporters.

This past week campaign workers were in our neighborhood handing out another "so-called" newspaper. This one prominently featured a nearly naked “photograph” of Mark with a vagina superimposed on his crotch. This exercise in bad taste was further compounded when a campaign worker personally handed this to my daughters and me as we were leaving our home. When asked who paid him to hand this out, his response was "Jim Davis."

As a mother, I will never find the words to describe the emotional assault my daughters and I experienced when we saw this picture. This "paper" is in your neighborhoods and in your mailboxes as well. Words cannot describe my reaction to this filth as a parent, as an educator, and as a citizen of our city. Is this really the direction we want our community to go in? What kind of people would produce such garbage in the hopes of being elected to public office? Why does Mr. Davis condone such action by distributing this filth at his fundraisers and from his campaign headquarters?

For the sake of our community, I beg the moms, dads, grandparents, religious leaders, and community groups to protect the beautiful children of our community from this disgusting pornographic material and those who would purvey it. Please stand up and denounce the smut and filth of these people. Let those associated with Mr. Davis, his candidates, and all of his supporters involved in the Davis campaign know how disgusted and offended you feel.

Most important, please consider carefully the character of those who would sink to such a low level to achieve elective office. Doesn’t basic human decency demand better from the Davis campaign? Doesn’t Jimmy Davis’s moral compass tell him that this “newspaper” is so terribly wrong? I think candidates should be defined as much by what they’ll do as by what they won’t do. Let Jimmy Davis and his running mates know if you put pornography first, then you have certainly placed our children last!

PATTY SMITH

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BayCityRoller
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June 07, 2014
Are you people for real? Stop the smoke & mirrors!! She is talking about the filthy paper that the Davis campaign is behind. Funny how you are not addressing the real issue discussed. Davis has rallied the trash of Bayonne....obviously by these comments.
bellanj
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June 07, 2014
Couldn't have said it better my self...
Payonne NJ
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June 06, 2014
Aww poor wittle girls. They probably still think daddy works in waste management..
HMSMOM
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June 06, 2014
WOW
bayonnebobby12
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June 06, 2014
let's see Smith's record 27% tax increase highest in Hudson County(Fact)

Water bill going up 4% a year for the next 20 years(Fact)

Gangs in Bayonne this is according to the FBI and State Police

Broadway a mess,

just look at it.

Smith has had 6 years to do this he is running a campaign as if he isn't the incumbent. All these Smith supporters cry about this newspaper, yet Smith spent over a million dollars to get his message out and 5 run offs and he already lost 1 seat.

Who are the hard core Smith supporters City employees without civil service protection, people who have contracts with the city.

PS a certain plummer has already testified
We take your poor
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June 06, 2014
Would this be able to view in the Bayonne museum? Maybe give the campaigners a bag while they are bothering the citizens. Let them clean up some flyers and garbage on the street.

Has anyone actually figure out how much was made off of this power company scam? 500k? Figure $20x households = not the 25k that was given the his campaign. When are the feds coming in like did his mentor?
bayonnebobby12
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June 06, 2014
Who made money on this deal convicted Rudy Garcia, Smith associates with members of the Genovese crime family. Mrs. Crisinimo is "proud" to be friends with the Smith's. Isn't her husband the person who was charged and plead the same day,hmmm? The Smith people are crying about a photo in a paper yet the mob in city hall is okay?
HMSMOM
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June 07, 2014
He who is with out sin - case the first stone
Bayonnebonnie12
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June 05, 2014
Awwww Bayonnebobby12 you just sound upset that nobody is talking about your vijay.j

Aileen Crisonino
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June 05, 2014
I have known the Smith Family for many years and I love them and think they are a wonderful family. If you dislike what Mark is doing as Mayor keep it to yourself there is no need to post obscene photos of him in your trash rag paper. Never spit in the wind because it will come back and hit you in the face. I am proud to call Patty and Mark my friends. My son is blessed to have their 2 girls in his life.
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
My point is proved Ms. Crisonino isn't that your hubby who plead guilty to taking bribes, illegal gambling, grant fraud? Here's the article.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/02/bayonne_official_pleads_guilty_to_bribes_conducting_illegal_gamboling_ring.html
bellanj
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June 05, 2014
The Letter is about a mother trying to protect her children and the children of Bayonne from the DAVIS "Newspaper" filled with lies, propaganda, and now pornographic images - it is in no way a cartoon!! I am actually sickened by your casual comparison of Big Ears to a Vagina. Perhaps it does not bother you because it is actually a phot of you Bayonnebobby12 (DUMB) in your underwear with Bayonnekim's (DUMBER) Vagina. Now that would make sense!!! Get a life!!
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
protect her children , who protected the guy who was parked in front of her house from good ole Mark. I saw the picture and read the article, no mention of a vagina.
roughedup
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June 10, 2014
How can you say that the Davis team is sending our garbage and propaganda about Smith.. its the Opposite way around not only flyers filled with lies. but what about all the commercials that are out there about Davis... Come one people.. Mark Smith is no angel.. hes collecting 3 paychecks from the city, along with sponsoring and backing fake fundraisers where money never get to the charity but in the pockets of the person holding the fundraiser... give it up with the crying act... When you want an appointment with Smith, (cause he says his door is always open) he never has an appointment available, cause he has something to do,.. Please Bayonne lets start fresh get rid of the bayonne administration garbage
Marc larino
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June 05, 2014
Dear Mrs.Smith, I am sorry for what you and your girls have gone through the last three months. Now you can feel a little of what my family has gone through since we have been the subject of an on going assault by your husband the last FIVE years. You are a nice woman, you hubby not so nice.
Bayonne babe
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June 05, 2014
People are upset over s cartoon. Lets get real people. The tsxes, water, crime , those are the issues. And for what I have seen The Mayor hasnt done a damn thing in 6 years. So lets give him another 4 NO WAY. enough is enough.
HMSMOM
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June 05, 2014
Apparently you didn't see it - it's a superimposed photo . That honestly shouldn't be delivered to any home that has a child. Politics is always nasty - what can possible be gained from the distribution of such filth!
bellanj
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June 07, 2014
Ok so you say lets get to the real issues - taxes, water, crime? Were you at the debate? Davis had no platform - when asked why you want to be Mayor his answer is cause I'm not Mark Smith. Really? That's who you want to run your City. I have received so much literature from the Davis Camp and all it says is Mark is friends with this one and that one. The one he is riding the most is the teachers union contract. If people actually believe he is going to get elected and the next day they are going to get a 17% increase they are in for a rude awakening. Answer this, where is the city going to get that money from? I know - my pocket and yours... I want to now of all the teachers that work here how many actually live in Bayonne. They don't care about your taxes cause they are paying taxes somewhere else. They can't even Vote for either candidate. All Davis does is bash the Mayor and preach about the Teachers Union Contract, does he have anything else?
BayonneMom
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June 04, 2014
Mark Smith and James Davis are both grown men that can both individually respond for themselves, their actions, and the actions of their staff and campaign workers. They are also both Fathers, raised in Bayonne, and probably both taught by their Mothers to respect women and children, as well as take responsibility for their actions. So no, I see no reason why Patty Smith should have to respond for accusations lunged at her husband, nor do I see why anyone would ask that of her. I certainly would not expect Jamie Davis to speak on her husband’s behalf either. This would be inappropriate, as it is their husbands running for Mayor, not them, nor their children.

Patty Smith writing a letter to the editor to denounce mistreatment and disrespect of her daughters does not make me wonder about Mark Smith’s record. However, it does portray a fellow Mother who will not stand by and let her children be victimized. I applaud her for speaking up and writing this letter. I am almost certain the exchange Patty Smith had with the campaign worker was probably more civilized than it would have been with any other Bayonne Mom. I know if this were handed to my daughter, a letter to the editor would have been the least of their problems.

I have read comments that this story may have been made up, that Mr. Davis and his campaign were not involved with this, that this is a typical political tactic. What I can say is that if my daughter is handed anything like this, if I am handed anything like this, then be ready for the consequences befitting such inappropriate, predatory, and abusive behavior. No matter who the candidate is, no matter whom you support, their children and families are OFF LIMITS! My children, our children, are our future, the future of Bayonne, and they are OFF LIMITS!
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
What was their child handed , a newspaper with a cartoon of her dad in it. You mean like when the newspaper would portray Obama with big ears or George Bush jr. as dumb. Did their kids see these cartoons .I didn't see Michelle Obama or Laura Bush writing whiney letters. Mr. Smith became a politician by choice, grow up.His conduct causes this reaction. Slurring his speech (as if he had one too many)and picking a fight with a 20 year old in front of his house, where is Mrs. Smith's outrage over her husband's conduct that night? The Smith family seems to cry and whine when something doesn't go there way. Maybe Mark wants a bottle next?
bayonne babe
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June 04, 2014
I think it is getting way out of hand. All the trash talking get back to the real problems. The town looks like crap. No businesses, taxes and water crazy high. And crime is up.Empty store fronts and vacant lots. And teachers working without contract. But you are worrying about a newspaper. Instead of the real issues. My opinion...
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
Bayonne babe they worry about a newspaper because her husband's incompetence has called all the issues you have mentioned
ladel2
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June 05, 2014
We are worried about the character of candidate that would use such a newspaper as a campaign tactic. A candidate who is using a negative and smear campaign rather than focusing on the issues. Jimmy Davis wants transparency in government. Maybe he should start with transparency in his campaign.
JoanneL59
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June 04, 2014
Does anyone remember when ruddy faced alcoholic Mark Smith got caught cheating and shot himself in the leg? Hmm, he sounds like a real upstanding guy and someone who should be running a city.
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
where does it say it's a Davis newspaper, no where. It must have hit a nerve with Smith because he came out with his own and didn't even use Bayonne residents in it.
HMSMOM
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June 07, 2014
Please who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
HMSMOM
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June 07, 2014
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
John C
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June 04, 2014
The Davis team has sunk to a whole new level !!!!! Politics is just that - I can't believe any educated person doesn't see thru the exact same crap that happens ever election - who doesn't remember "the gravy train end here" years ago.

But seriously - I can't believe there aren't more people who don't find outrage with a paper of such despicable graphics being left on your doorstep or in your mailboxes ....

I want the Bayonne I remember from my youth also, therefore, Mr. Davis as a former supporter, here's where I draw the line!!!!!! THIS IS So far from the Bayonne I love or the Bayonne from my youth.

Congratulations Mrs Smith for standing up and protecting the youth of our city - I truly applaud your bravery.
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
John C you were never a former supporter of Davis, be for real. The supporters of Davis care about their taxes, care about their water bills going up, they care about their energy provider being changed without permission, no jobs being created, education going down hill (because off dopey LEO)Broadway in shambles. The only people who care about Smith's head super emposed on somebody's body are Mark's supporters. I could care less about Mark shooting himself(it's embarrassing ) but it has nothing to do with my tax or water bill. Smith's stupidity has.
John C
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June 05, 2014
BayonneBobby12 allow me the opportunity to inform you, I was a Davis supporter. I casted my vote for his entire team on May 10th. I did this because I am the owner of a multi-family here in town, therefore, I care about my taxes and the water situation particularly because water is included in the rent. I was a large supported of Patty Conaghan in 2008. Perhaps you knew that about me already – since you presume to know everything!

There is something morally WRONG in this election. Politicians for years have slug mud – they cheat and lie – for me it has always been a matter of picking the less of two evils. Call this Vietnam Veteran an old timer but when children are distributing this type of literature…. It outrages me. The idea that you can defend and make light of something so inappropriate, allows me to believe that your moral compass is probably broken also. And also, gives me the right to say YOU ARE WRONG when you say only Smith supporters care about the superimposed picture handed out by a child.

I know who I voted for on May 13th and when and if I vote on June 10 – “The Devil I know will be better than the Devil I don’t”

bayonnebobby12
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June 04, 2014
It's said first Smith's mother than his wife,who's next. Smith cannot run on his record 27% tax increase, doubling water bills, no job creation, most sued mayor ever. Instead he harps on some guy Desmond who hangs up signs and a guy from out of town who was given a piece of equipment that has no effect on us.

Fact city hall was raided and the Genovese crime family was operating a gambling site from city hall. The fact is these people were contributors to Smith's campaign. This is all documented. The tape is clear it's the 2 identified the ballots can be tracked.It's the 4th street firehouse you hear Lord Avenue as clear as day
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
John C , you didn't this election is about taxes, water bills, Broadway and the misdirection about Smith. Again nobody votes for a candidate based on an independent paper
John C
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June 06, 2014
Do you ALWAYS have to have the last word Bayonnebobby12? And does everything you say have to be negative? Seriously dude - there is nothing wrong with therapy, it might help you see....that you don't always no everything!

Peter Franco
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June 04, 2014
I personally spoke to that coward, Jimmy Davis, at the Masonic Lodge Cigar Party about this. I asked why not denounce the newspaper? He responded I have nothing to do with that paper. I replied you know who is responsible, he then said he never even took out an ad in that paper. I said flat out you know it's Peter Cresci, your legal advisor and campaign confidant. To which he finally said then talk to Mr. Cresci about that.

This guy is a typical political win at all cost dirtbag. I can't wait 6 more days until you bags are packed and headed back to Rahway.
bayonnebobby12
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June 05, 2014
Hey Franco didn't Zanowic fire you for your homo phobic comments. In case you forgot

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/02/bayonne_mayoral_candidate_zanowic_fires_top_aide_amid_racist_texts.html
Bayonne25
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June 18, 2014
Wait, isn't this the same Peter Franco has has lost all credibility in Bayonne? Isn't this the same Peter Franco that NOBODY wants to touch with a 10 foot poll because he's viewed as a wack job? Isn't this the same Peter Franco who was anti-Smith just a month ago? Isn't this the same Peter Franco that makes racist comments, homophobic comments and curses at little children? Isn't this the same Peter Franco that uses the word "CUNT" on Facebook to describe women?

Hey Peter Franco, if I were you I'd keep my mouth shut because nobody and I mean nobody wants to be associated with you.
asdfnj
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June 04, 2014
This also sounds horribly and deeply misogynist. Is that what Bayonne needs in the 21st Century? A guy that not only condones handing out pornographic material to kids, but someone that views the biology of women as an insult? What a loser - stay with Smith.
Toni S
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June 04, 2014
Actually, this is not misogynist.....

What Smith is doing to Bayonne is masochist....... If he was such a good mayor, he would not be having a runoff with anybody....
bayonnebobby12
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June 04, 2014
Paper is true 100% , the picture was flattering about Smith his real pot belly would be disturbing to kids
Bayonnite1234
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June 04, 2014
After all of the things that have been said about her husband this is what she chooses to respond to and complain about? People have been talking about his bullying tactics, threatening people's jobs, ties to organized crime, nepotism running rampant, his nephew talking about forging signatures on absentee ballots and a whole boatload more. If any of those allegations aren't true why isn't she responding to that? It really makes you wonder. All I can say is I'm just shaking my head over this whole election and the craziness that has gone on with it.
ladel2
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June 04, 2014
Because those other things you refer too are false accusations and lies that the Davis campaign is spreading through the trash paper and social media, while the picture was a viscous personal attack, that was then handed to his children! and seriously, "his nephew talking about forging signatures" are you referring to the tape from an anonymous source with barely distinguishable voices that were identified by an anonymous person from Davis' campaign in which no candidates name was heard? Because that all sounds very credible to me.
ladel2
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June 04, 2014
Because those other things you refer too are false accusations and lies that the Davis campaign is spreading through the trash paper and social media, while the picture was a vicious personal attack, that was then handed to his children! and seriously, "his nephew talking about forging signatures" are you referring to the tape from an anonymous source with barely distinguishable voices that were identified by an anonymous person from Davis' campaign in which no candidates name was heard? Because that all sounds very credible to me.
Bayonne Kim
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June 04, 2014
I TOTALLY AGREE. !!!!

As a side note, I have been to Davis fundraisers and I have never seen a newspaper there. That I swear by.

Did it ever occur to you Mrs. Smith that your husband may have others who have been wronged by Mark Smith and they have created a newspaper??? Your husband does not exactly behave like a saint.

Tom K
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June 04, 2014
So true!!!!

I agree too!
BayonneMom
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June 04, 2014
Mark Smith and James Davis are both grown men that can both individually respond for themselves, their actions, and the actions of their staff and campaign workers. They are also both Fathers, raised in Bayonne, and probably both taught by their Mothers to respect women and children, as well as take responsibility for their actions. So no, I see no reason why Patty Smith should have to respond for accusations lunged at her husband, nor do I see why anyone would ask that of her. I certainly would not expect Jamie Davis to speak on her husband’s behalf either. This would be inappropriate, as it is their husbands running for Mayor, not them, nor their children.

Patty Smith writing a letter to the editor to denounce mistreatment and disrespect of her daughters does not make me wonder about Mark Smith’s record. However, it does portray a fellow Mother who will not stand by and let her children be victimized. I applaud her for speaking up and writing this letter. I am almost certain the exchange Patty Smith had with the campaign worker was probably more civilized than it would have been with any other Bayonne Mom. I know if this were handed to my daughter, a letter to the editor would have been the least of their problems.

I have read comments that this story may have been made up, that Mr. Davis and his campaign were not involved with this, that this is a typical political tactic. What I can say is that if my daughter is handed anything like this, if I am handed anything like this, then be ready for the consequences befitting such inappropriate, predatory, and abusive behavior. No matter who the candidate is, no matter whom you support, their children and families are OFF LIMITS! My children, our children, are our future, the future of Bayonne, and they are OFF LIMITS!
bellanj
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June 04, 2014
I couldn't agree with you more. I can't imagine that the citizens of Bayonne do not see through the lies and desceptions of the Davis Team. To stoop to a level thats so disgusting and repulsive to try and get votes shows how desperate they really are. I know that the good hard working people of Bayonne want a Mayor that stands for good government, improving the quality of life and has a solid moral compass. The ONLY CHOICE is to RE-ELECT MAYOR MARK SMITH for another 4 years.
bayonnebobby12
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June 04, 2014
All items in that paper can be googled its seems like the newspaper was cut and paste from other news papers,websites and elec reports
zxcvbnm2
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June 04, 2014
Please! Cry me a river. Everyone needs to open their eyes and really take a look at what good smith has done for us....nothing nothing nothing