Hoboken Councilman Ramos endorses colleague DeFusco for mayor


After being a staple of his campaign for months, Hoboken Ward 4 Councilman Ruben Ramos has formally endorsed colleague Mike DeFusco for mayor.

Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos (left) has formally endorsed 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco for mayor. Photo courtesy of the DeFusco campaign.
Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos (left) has formally endorsed 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco for mayor. Photo courtesy of the DeFusco campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Mike DeFusco is the only candidate running for Mayor who truly understands what makes Hoboken so special — the people who live here,” Ramos said in a statement.

“Mike is a valued colleague of mine on the City Council and a tireless advocate for his constituents. As Mayor, I know he will fight hard for everyone. I’m proud to support Mike DeFusco and his entire team.”

Long before DeFusco announced his candidacy in May, Ramos served as an emcee when his fellow councilman hosted a fundraiser at Cadillac Cantina in February. Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, whose also now running for mayor, hosted an event the same evening.

Ramos has since been key in helping build relationships for DeFusco, helping fundraise, plan meet and greets and register voters.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by Councilman Ramos, someone I consider not just a colleague but a true friend who shares my vision for a more progressive and inclusive future for our city,” added DeFusco.

“Our campaign isn’t about old Hoboken or new Hoboken, but about bridging the political divides that have held our community back for far too long. I look forward to working hard to earn every vote in this election and I thank Ruben Ramos for his strong support for our campaign.”

Ramos endorsement is the third one from those who sit upon the dais in the Mile Square City: 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo is backing Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), while 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher is supporting Council President Jen Giattino.

None of the endorsements are particularly shocking, but there are inevitably many more to come with the November 7th municipal elections just 49 days away.

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  1. It’s no shock to see Ramos endorse DeFusco. Both of them are pretty much useless on the City Council and have always put their own self interests above the needs of their constituents. Ramos is not involved in the De Fusco campaign because he cares about people, he’s in it to settle lingering grudges from his failed Mayoral campaign four years ago. It is, however, heartwarming to see Pupie Raia and Ramos playing nicely in the same sandbox. It’s no secret that those two despise each other, but when a fool like DeFusco is willing to fan their over inflated egos, they are willing to put their hatred for each other aside.

  2. When Freeholder Romano was asked what Councilman Russo’s endorsement brought to his campaign he said it would help mitigate votes Councilman Ramos brings to the DeFusco campaign. Those words were carefully chosen and very true. When Romano was considering entering the mayoral race. The DeFusco campaign clearly understood that Romano would splinter their old Hoboken vote who were now given a voting option and their North Bergen political operatives went on the full court attack to keep him out of the race.

    Much of Councilman DeFusco’s campaign is largely being run by the very same people who were be former mayor and convicted felon Peter Cammarano who see in him the same pathway to power the had so hoped to follow with Cammarano until his arrest, resignation and conviction of corruption charges less then a month in office. Mr. Ramos was part of Cammarano’s inner campaign circle and Defusco himself was a member of his very short lived transition team.