Eric Dixon is a lawyer with the sterling reputation who does the legal profession an important service by providing his clients with solidly built aggressive arguments. That he has been retained by Hoboken resident Patricia Waiters, in her crusade to stop Freeholder Romano from running for reelection and for Hoboken mayor in the same election, is a credit to her. Attorney Eric Dixon will make the strongest possible legal case but whether or not the voters are allowed the freedom of choice on Romano’s Freeholder and Mayoral runs is an issue the court will decide.
What is not at issue is the fact that Hoboken City Council members Michael DeFusco and Jennifer Giattino are, like smart risk takers, also hedging their bets. While Freeholders Romano’s action are distinct in that he is simultaneously running for two offices elected on the same day, the consequences of a win by either of the two councilmen-cum-candidates is exactly the same – special elections in November 2018. Giattino’s entrance into the Mayoral race was only made after Zimmer’s abrupt June 20th departure announcement and thus because Giattino could not have stepped down to have her ward seat filled this November she has engaged in no hypocrisy or catcalls on this topic. But, if as many believe to be the truth, that the Defusco’s campaign unofficially began in 2016 and that DeFusco knew over a year ago he would run for mayor he could have shown his dedication to the people of the 1st ward by resigning and ensuring that they have a ward councilman elected this November who can actually tend their needs. Instead of resigning a year ago and allowing a special election for his ward seat, DeFusco decided to use it to hedge against his statistically likely mayoral loss while he attacks another for engaging in what is essentially the same action.
The attorney hired to pursue Freeholder Romano is a Republican activist known for his good government, anti-corruption, and grass roots conservative leanings. There is no doubt that he has only the rights of voters in mind. But in the minds of voters it should be morally clear that those politicians who impugn others for the very same actions they engage in are often the ones most troubling. I invite my fellow candidates to join me in leaving behind the negative politics of destruction and to present to the people of Hoboken the problems as they have identified them and proposed solutions.
As the Hoboken candidate independent of local political tribes, I have had the liberty to address issues head on. From the war on parking to over-taxation and over-bonding, the destruction of Washington St to flooding, the rise in aggressive panhandling to the failure to update the municipal master plan and more, the status quo political leadership has failed the people and city of Hoboken. The people of Hoboken do not need morally questionable attempts to disqualify candidates, they need real solutions and they are mature enough to choose their leadership.
Joshua Einstein is the independent candidate for Hoboken City Council, the Republican State Committeeman from Hudson County, a member of the Hudson County Regional Jewish Council, and has been published in over 13 papers and websites.