Looking back at Election Year 2014 reminds me a lot of where Bayonne is at now. The power trip struggle at the top, politically connected candidates, closed doors, threats, lawsuits, bullying in the shadows and the hostile work environment created by a lack of direction and leadership by Mayor Davis.
Every single decision goes through the Law Dept. and that is telling of the mostly hostile work environment in City Hall. It doesn’t take a genius to see the revolving doors. Directors should not be limited in their job duties for political reasons. This is the main crux of the problem. City Hall doesn’t need more law firms on the payroll or more politics, it needs a complete overhaul of leadership, direction and policies and procedures that are managed and enforced by leaders with the love for our city and the people who dedicate their lives to helping the taxpayers of Bayonne.
In my opinion, the majority of the seeds planted in 2014-2018 was with the counsel and hard work of Joe Demarco, Sal Gullace and Sharon Nadrowski. Yes, these were the years where there was a very different Mayor Davis. That Mayor Davis was all about Bayonne and could care less about power and ego or Jersey City for that matter. The Election of 2014 was huge for Bayonne because it broke the machine of the HCDO and the Hudson County political machine. Bayonne wanted truth and transparency over lies, bullying and propaganda. The fruits of the first term are beginning to sprout but this last term has been mostly delay after delay and not solely because of Covid.
Over the course of the last couple years, we have seen the obvious shifts. The ever changing merry go round of hires, the placeholders who served no purpose, the rise in lawsuits, the closed door meetings, not even any mention of Mayor’s hours anymore. There are the chosen few, who speak in the shadows and the funny thing is that they really believe no one sees how the changes have affected every single aspect of the mismanagement of our city.
Rumors started in early 2021 that Second Ward Councilman Gullace and Council President Sharon Nadrowski would be booted. These rumors were ultimately proven to be true. Mayor Davis repeatedly stated the team would be intact unless they wanted to leave. Why would the mayor lie for about nine months when he knew the truth? We still do not even know why a Future Majority Whip of the Assembly Nicholas Chiaravalloti was not backed by the mayor. Nicholas was a good navigator in Trenton and advocate for Bayonne. Why pick an outsider with zero experience in Trenton? How does it help our city? It just made zero logical sense.
Look around the Davis Team and you will see just like we saw in 2014 mostly out of town people advising, door knocking, etc. Remember, Fulop wants to go higher and Bayonne Citizens will not forget when Mayor Fulop stated in 2018 (http://teamdavis2018.net/bayonne-council-demands-apology-from-steve-fulop-for-disparaging-bayonne/) “If it comes from Bayonne, leave it alone” and “14A stay away” and bashing the “Bayonne Box” type of architecture”. (https://newjerseyglobe.com/section-2/degise-i-have-a-bayonne-box/)
Tell Fulop to to cancel his weekly meetings with Mayor Davis and stay out of Bayonne on May 10th and place your trust in Sharon Nadrowski and vote for her team of seasoned business owners, entrepreneurs and proven leaders for our children. Bayonne doesn’t need to get more political, it needs more people who care.