Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Phil Murphy drew out a huge crowd at Porter Collins last night ahead of the November mayoral election.
Hoboken Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, who served as the emcee for the evening, introduced state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack – who made it abundantly clear he would give Zimmer all the help she needs to get re-elected.
“Not only am I hear to offer my endorsement, I did this a few weeks ago, I will offer whatever it takes in support in sending people to Hoboken, coming down door to door myself every single night to make sure Dawn is re-elected with her city council,” Stack exclaimed.
“Why is it important to me? Because Dawn Zimmer doesn’t bother anyone. When I say she doesn’t bother anyone, she’s not your typical Hudson County politician – and that’s not against anyone else in the county. But Dawn fights for Hoboken day in and day out.”
Stack then handed the mic off to Murphy, who called his relationship with Zimmer â€œlove at first sightâ€ given their extremely like-minded views on policy, also crediting the mayor for taking the reigns on flood preparedness.
“What happens when you have a natural disaster that has water that befalls her city? You look to places and countries that exist under sea level and you see what they’ve done, because if they’ve figured it out, there’s gotta be something there for Hoboken,” Murphy recalled.
“And that’s one of the most, one of the deepest conversations, earliest ones that we had. I just can’t say enough about someone like Dawn that comes in everyday and just focuses on how to do it the right way, what’s in the interests of Hoboken, how do we grow the economy, how do we create the good, outstanding high-paying jobs that this state so desperately needs.”
After thanking the room of about 300 supporters, Zimmer said she believes in Murphy since “he’s really committed to doing whatâ€™s right for New Jersey.â€
“Phil and I: we both absolutely love policy. We love policy and that’s what I love about Phil: he’s really committed to doing whatâ€™s right for New Jersey. And, I think as we all know, we had some major challenges we need to shift in a [new] direction,” she stated.
“We need a governor whose gonna listen. We need a governor whose going to look at other ideas. We need a governor whose going to be committed to moving the state in the right direction. We need a governor whose not just gonna just throw things out at the boogey man, whose not gonna be blaming other people, whose getting the job done.”
Other dignitaries in attendance included state Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (all D-31), Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33), Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Freeholders Bill O’Dea (D-2) and Anthony Vainieri (D-8), Hoboken Council members Jen Giattino, Tiffanie Fisher and James Doyle, Paramus Councilman Joe Garcia, Hoboken BOE members Irene Sobolov and Tom Kluepfel, former state Senate Majority Leader Bernie Kenny, ex-Hoboken Mayor Dave Roberts, former Hoboken Councilman Tim Occhipinti, among many more.