Top Hoboken Dems, which included allies of Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) and Mayor Dawn Zimmer alike, gathered at Moran’s Pub last night to watch Bernie Sanders trounce Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
At the event Zimmer, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), former Senate Majority Leader Bernie Kenny, Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco, 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, North Hudson Sewerage Authority Commissioner Kurt Gardiner, prominent developer Frank Raia, Party Secretary Joe Branco and many others made an appearance.
Romano, also the party chair, and Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer – who organized the event for the new group, the “Hoboken Democratic Social Club” – reacted to the New Hampshire primary results.
Sanders beat Clinton by a margin of 56 percent to 42 percent, while Trump also cruised to victory, more than doubling the vote total of the second place Republican candidate: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, per CNN.
Romano, after stating that he’s aiming to make the Hoboken Democratic Committee more active, told Hudson County View that he was surprised to see Trump score such a definitive victory given his controversial nature, as well as seeing Sanders pull off the upset.
“So much has been written about the negative statements that Donald Trump has made, and here was an opportunity for the people to express their wishes, and surprisingly, the majority voted for Donald Trump,” he said.
“On the Democratic side, we’ve been told time and time again how much of a favorite Hillary Clinton is, and yet, the people have spoken again and said ‘wait a minute, we have other ideas.'”
Romano was non-committal when asked who he would be supporting in the presidential race, simply stating that Hoboken would be supporting the Democratic nominee.
Wefer also stressed the importance of getting Hoboken Democrats together for a common cause, though also said she wasn’t phased by Sanders coming up big in New Hampshire.
“Polls showed that Bernie Sanders was gonna win so it was expected and the Carolinas are up next so we’ll see what happens there.”
Furthermore, Wefer revealed she is supporting Sanders in this election, admitting that she is “feeling the Bern.”
The South Carolina Presidential Primary takes place on February 20th.