Romano ousts Cryan as Hoboken Democratic Chairman at chaotic meeting


Although six Hoboken council seats aren’t up for grabs until November, the political jousting began last night at Room 84, where Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) ousted Jamie Cryan as the Hoboken Democratic Committee Chairman at a tumultuous meeting.


Cryan, the city’s Democratic chair since 2011, was immediately met with resistance from his committee members in attendance at Room 84.

As the chaos ensued, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) was quickly able to rally the troops and become pro tempore of the committee – allowing him to ask for chair nominations.

Once he got a hold of the microphone on the other side of the room, Cryan never stood a chance.

Although no formal vote count was taken, it was obvious that Romano had the support of the majority of the room. When addressing the crowd, he called for a more cohesive Democratic party.

Speaking with Hudson County View, Romano openly acknowledged he was the “compromise candidate” in this situation, stating that keeping peace among the feuding factions in Hoboken would likely be the most difficult part of the job.

At one point, Hoboken politicos fully expected Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason to run against Cryan for the committee chair.

Additionally, the Hoboken Democratic Committee voted for Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo as Vice Chairman, named John Castellano as treasurer, had Joe Branco take over as secretary and, finally, Linda Petruzzelli is the new sergeant-at-arms.

Cryan left the meeting early, but later emailed Hudson County View, stating:

“It has been my pleasure to serve in the capacity as Chairman of the Hoboken Democratic Committee over the past 4 years and I feel incredibly blessed to have worked alongside some great committee people. I wish nothing but the best to the new leadership during their tenure.”

Editor’s Note: Hudson County View was also informed this morning that Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) was named the Hoboken Democratic Committee’s Honorary Chairman. 

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