Sources: Hoboken Freeholder Romano to announce mayoral bid Tuesday


After weeks of speculation, Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) is ready to formally announce a bid for mayor on Tuesday, sources told Hudson County View. Anthony Romano

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Romano, who cruised to a primary victory on June 6th where he notched nearly 4,000 votes, could potentially see early support from Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Board of Chosen Freeholders Chairman Anthony Vainieri (D-8), multiple sources said.

Additionally, Elnardo Webster, a partner at the high-powered law firm Inglesino Webster Wyciskala & Taylor, will be revealed as chief counsel for the campaign.

The retired police captain would step into a mayoral melee that already has 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco, Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, business owner Karen Nason, local activist Ronald Bautista and possibly Council President Jen Giattino in the mix.

While Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Tuesday she would not seek a third term and gave Bhalla her blessing to sit in the mayor’s seat, some members of the council would prefer to see Giattino as the reform candidate of choice.

Hudson County View first reported last Thursday that Romano would be entering the race, back when Zimmer appeared to still be on course for a third term in office.

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