In his first fundraiser since receiving the support of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) saw wide support from throughout the county.
During the short program, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, another retired police captain who found his way into politics, offered heavy praise for Romano.
“I can honestly say that for the people of Hoboken and Jersey City … they’re in a better place for having Stick sticking up for them and fighting for them,” Davis said.
While addressing the crowd of about 300, the freeholder broached the subject of county taxes head on – typically a sore subject in the Mile Square City.
“People talk about county taxes, but people don’t realize, but I’m gonna hit the subject right on: the object is always to keep the taxes down. But a lot of people don’t realize that the success of the municipalities has a lot to do with the taxes,” said Romano.
“We do try to toe the line, but it’s a state formula, and when you’re as successful and Hoboken and Jersey City with the ratables, it’s tough, but we are trying to hold the line … I personally look at every penny and try to make sure we spend out money wisely.”
After expressing gratitude for not having to run off the line against the HCDO like he did in 2014, Romano explained some future plans he has in store if re-elected in November.
“My goals are we always watch our taxes, in Hoboken, we try to be as fiscally responsible as possible, I’d like to see more work done, always, on the county infrastructure, to keep it in tip top condition,” Stick stated.
“Obviously the county school being built is important, as well as hopefully the police academy, why is close to my heart.”
He added that he hopes to have continued partnerships with the Hudson County Community College, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
A rumored mayoral candidate since before the 2013 race, Romano was firm in saying that his only political focus right now is on the June 6 Democratic primary.
“Romano for freeholder: that’s what we’re doing at this point and time. And I think that we’re focused on what is in front of us and having the line, obviously I’m going to work my hardest for my re-election as freeholder.”
Other notable names in attendance included state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), Hoboken Councilmen Mike Russo and Ruben Ramos, North Bergen Freeholder Anthony Vainieri (D-8), Bayonne Freeholder Kenny Kopacz, HCDO Executive Director John Minella, Jersey City Democratic Organization Chair Shawn “Sully” Thomas-Sullivan, Hudson County Young Democrats President Brian Platt, Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhary, Hoboken mayoral candidate Karen Nason, former Hoboken 1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, former North Hudson Sewerage Authority Chair Frank Raia, among many others.