Hoboken Council President Jen Giattino told supporters “you all deserve a mayor that’s actually running for mayor to represent you and makes Hoboken come first” at a fundraiser at the Pilsener Haus Biergarten last night.
“There are so many reasons that brought me to the point that we’re all at now: me running for mayor of Hoboken,” Giattino said in front of a room of about 85 people.
“We all need a mayor that’s responsive to residents. We all need a mayor that listen to residents. It’s something I’ve proven in my six years as council president, as 6th ward councilperson, that I excel at and it’s something that I really enjoy.”
The faction of reform-minded council members split into two after Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced she wouldn’t be seeking re-election and endorsed Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla to succeed her.
Giattino, as well as fellow Council members Tiffanie Fisher and Peter Cunningham, felt they were left in the dark over the decision and ultimately decided Bhalla not to support Bhalla’s mayoral candidacy.
A Republican who has previously stated she didn’t vote for President Donald Trump, Giattino has also noted that she has no plans of seeking higher office if elected mayor – a point she reiterated last evening.
“We all need a mayor who actually thinks Hoboken is their home and is running for mayor not because they want to be freeholder, or want to be a Congresswoman, or Assemblywoman … you all deserve a mayor that’s actually running for mayor to represent you and makes Hoboken come first.”
Giattino, a three-time council president in the Mile Square City, was quick to remind her supporters that Bhalla and 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco – another mayoral hopeful – voted for her twice – though she didn’t mention their names.
“I’ve been council president three times. Two of the other mayoral candidates have already voted for me twice to be council president, so I’m also assuming they will be voting for me in November,” she joked.
The mayoral hopeful was also thrilled to reiterate the accomplishments of her running mates Jim Aibel, Sal Starace and Jason Ellis.
Aibel is the chairman of the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment and a 39 year resident of the city, while Ellis is a wealth advisor at Vision Retirement in Ridgewood.
Meanwhile, Starace, a sheet metal worker who is also a business agent for his union, has a special connection to Giattino: she’s the godmother of his youngest daughter.
Before concluding her remarks, Giattino reminded the crowd of the importance for voting for the entire four-person team.
“It’s really important that you vote for the entire slate. We’re a team and in order to move ahead and make the agenda actually work, it has to be all of us as a team,” she stressed.
The Hoboken municipal elections are on November 7th.