The Hudson County Chronicles

The Hudson County Chronicles This blog isn't for the weak at heart - it covers the good, bad and ugly in the body politic of Hudson County. The views expressed here are solely my own, and unless explicitly written, do not suggest an endorsement of any kind.

As Jersey City native with a passion for politics in the city that Hague built, the inner workings of the political machine in Hudson County requires exposure and commentary. Politics is full-contact sport, Follow me as I chronicle all the players, their equivalent stats and go behind the scenes throughout Hudson County. This blog isn't for the weak at heart - it covers the good, bad and ugly from inside the body of politics in Hudson County. Enjoy!

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No one can ever deny Rappers command a platform of respect & trust with youth, especially in our urban communities City ...
08/29/2021

No one can ever deny Rappers command a platform of respect & trust with youth, especially in our urban communities

City of Jersey City decided to cancel the Youth Empowerment event this Monday which was to feature T.I. after the negative feedback on social media.

No one can ever deny Rappers command a platform of respect & trust with youth, especially in our urban communities

City of Jersey City decided to cancel the Youth Empowerment event this Monday which was to feature T.I. after the negative feedback on social media.

Zadroga-Hart makes Ward A interesting in 2021 Kristen Zadroga-Hart was an "apology" away from becoming the HCDO Chairwom...
08/24/2021

Zadroga-Hart makes Ward A interesting in 2021

Kristen Zadroga-Hart was an "apology" away from becoming the HCDO Chairwoman a few years ago, at that time she let the powers in Hudson Politics know she wasn't going to play the role of the proverbial political suck up in order to become political player.

Back in 2017 she was able to garner almost 5000 votes as an offline Assembly Candidate in the Democratic primary, this was an impressive feat, many were urging Zadroga-Hart to run for City Council that year as well.

Ward A has 3 announced Candidates, or will Pedro Figureoa, step aside and allow Ward A City Council race become an All Female race ?

Councilwoman Denise Ridley in head to head battle with Kristen, would be must watch for debates.

Zadroga-Hart is no stranger to politics especially city elections, as an Educator she has been a key clog in JCEA school board races.

Back in 2013 she was the campaign manager of Former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Epps Ward A City Council bid.

Epps was beaten in runoff .

Tough, smart, and with deep understanding of issues within the City, Kristen will be formidable and will campaign vigorously.

One should expect Tara Stafford & Pam Johnson both to become active in Zadroga-Hart's campaign.

Ward A just became a race to Watch...

Zadroga-Hart makes Ward A interesting in 2021

Kristen Zadroga-Hart was an "apology" away from becoming the HCDO Chairwoman a few years ago, at that time she let the powers in Hudson Politics know she wasn't going to play the role of the proverbial political suck up in order to become political player.

Back in 2017 she was able to garner almost 5000 votes as an offline Assembly Candidate in the Democratic primary, this was an impressive feat, many were urging Zadroga-Hart to run for City Council that year as well.

Ward A has 3 announced Candidates, or will Pedro Figureoa, step aside and allow Ward A City Council race become an All Female race ?

Councilwoman Denise Ridley in head to head battle with Kristen, would be must watch for debates.

Zadroga-Hart is no stranger to politics especially city elections, as an Educator she has been a key clog in JCEA school board races.

Back in 2013 she was the campaign manager of Former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Epps Ward A City Council bid.

Epps was beaten in runoff .

Tough, smart, and with deep understanding of issues within the City, Kristen will be formidable and will campaign vigorously.

One should expect Tara Stafford & Pam Johnson both to become active in Zadroga-Hart's campaign.

Ward A just became a race to Watch...

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08/24/2021
Jersey City school board president: ‘I am in complete remission’ - NewsBreak

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Jersey City Board of Education President Mussab Ali is cancer-free. The 24-year-old announced at Monday’s school board meeting that the Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma he was diagnosed with earlier this year is in remission. “Praise be to God,” Ali said. “These last few months have been some of...

Lavarro's decision has Independent Slate of City Council (Large) Candidates listening to The O'Jay's, Could Rolondo be h...
08/23/2021
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Lavarro's decision has Independent Slate of City Council (Large) Candidates listening to The O'Jay's, Could Rolondo be helping Team Fulop ?

The Chronicler in Chief will admit I have had issues with City Councilman Rolondo Lavarro over the past few years, we are amicable and I must say I admire that has no issue using his political knife on anyone even allies to achieve his political goals, which is admirable to some political insiders. Remember this is Hague City.

Politics is Transactional, and this is one of the reasons self-described Independent Activists who run for political office are routinely trounced in Hague City political elections, they fail to strategize or align themselves with political operatives who understand the art of politics.

Councilman Lavarro decided on Friday, he would seek reelection for City Council, since he was urged to do so by supporters, this came as surprise to some(lol) especially the Independent slate of City Council at Large Candidates, who have all but embraced Lavarro at their fundraisers, and Candidate forums.

Though they haven't officially formed as slate of Independent City Council Candidates, they are "United" are rightfully or not are being labelled as Solomon's Ticket or Team Solomon:

Ward A Pedro Figueroa

Ward B Joel Brooks

Ward C Kevin Bing

Ward D ???

Ward E James Solomon

Ward F Frank Gilmore

City Council at Large
Chris Gadsden, Elvin Dominci, & June Jones

Lavarro was never going to sit this election season out, he knows by doing so his political career would be over, without the prospect of City job, or County position, his only option was to seek reelection.

As one veteran of Jersey City politics stated, "Lavarro was hoping for fued to continue between Fulop. & Senator Menendez, once Bob Jr. was rumored to be considering a run for Mayor, Rolondo should agreed to a truce with Fulop, HCDO was never going to support him for Mayor, and look Bob Jr. has been quiet as church mouse since gaining his coveted Port Authority seat, if Lavarro was smart he would leveraged himself into PA seat".

Now the Independent Council at Large Candidates for either ignored or were naive in not taken into account Lavarro's political track record ( Viola & Joyce), both African American women were recipients of the political gutting techniques used by the Councilman for his own political agenda.

So why is Lavarro running ????

Several sources within County Politics stated they are surprised Lavarro took this long to become "Monty Hall".

Rolondo & Team Fulop could have agreed it was a mutually beneficial to both for Rolondo to run for reelection and by dividing the vote count, it would certainly assist the incumbents.

Why would Lavarro wait so late to announce his reelection after publicly showing up to events in support of Independents ?

Sources aligned with Independents stated the Councilman gave every indication he was not going to run for reelection, citing Lavarro wanted to honor his own two term pledge.

Is it possible he could have entered into "Transactional" agreement which secures him County position or possibly position with one of the City Vendors after the elections. This scenarion seems on par in how election politics is played in Jersey City.

Lavarro views the current Independent Council at Large candidates as weak, with no shot in hell to win Citywide. Lavarro's name recognition alone gives him edge over the Independents, he also will have the support of Downtown Charter School advocates.

The Independent slate of Chris, June & Elvin possess nothing politically transactional for Lavarro to campaign for them or go all in with support.

So why not run when you believe you would be the best candidate..

What can the Independent Slate do ?

It's uphill for them since they have heaped praised on Lavarro as an Independent voice whose political awakening should be admired and as public servant who truly is interested in serving the People. Let's be honest it will be hard for them now to try distance themselves from Lavarro.

They must become political !!! and remember
"ONCE A Politician ALWAYS A POLITICIAN "

Good Luck Rolondo, I can't be mad at You,
One should Always Bet on themselves in politics.

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08/19/2021

Ward F's final election as the Mythical Leader of Black Concerns & Residents, Black Vote has been desegregating for 10 years :

In the late fifties as white flight began along the Southside of Jersey City, African Americans were able to elect the 1st African American Councilman Fred Martin in 1961, as an Independent.

Now 50 years later, the 2021 Municipal election could possibly become the last election in which the Black Vote solely will elect the City Councilperson for Ward F.

About 10 years ago, the clock began to tick on Ward F holding the distinction of Black Power base, no longer is this true. Just as Latino base in Ward E was dissolved by gentrification, The African American base in Ward F has been displaced.

Activists & Elected Officials continue to allude to Ward F as being the Voice for Black issues, and while referencing Black voting bloc.

This false narrative only hurts black residents in Jersey City, Ward F days of being power base for Black Candidates seeking elected office is now in the rearview.

Redistricting ten years ago, redrew the Ward Lines, which moved a significant amount of Black residents into the West of the City.

In fact Ward F does not have the highest number of African American residents in Jersey City, Ward B the Westside ward is owed the distinction.

Downtown Jersey City was once considered t stronghold for latino Votes, the Heights was once considered an Irish & Italian voting bloc, times have changed in Chilltown.

One should only take a look across the water into Harlem and see how gentrification and redistricting aided in the removal of black elected leaders.

Say what you want, next year Ward F will extend all the way to the Waterfront after ward lines are redrawn. In 2025, there will be no denying Jersey City no longer will be able to identify it's Ward's by race.

Ward C Council Race is headed for Zuppa & Boggiano Runoff with Bing as the King Maker City Councilman Richard Boggiano i...
08/14/2021

Ward C Council Race is headed for Zuppa & Boggiano Runoff with Bing as the King Maker

City Councilman Richard Boggiano is in fight for his political life, after 8 years of occupying the Ward C Council seat, The Councilman may actually be looking upon his final days as the Independent Voice of Ward C.

Many were surprised Rich sought reelection since he lost his Council Ally Ward D Councilman Michael Yun last year due to COVID.

Boggiano and Yun formed united Northside Political base which was more than formidable in the last two Municipal races.

Seeking reelection for 3rd time the Councilman decided to join the Mayor's slate Team Fulop.

Will this help Boggiano or hurt him in 2021 ?

In his prior elections, Voters seem to be drawn to the Councilman's Independence from the Mayor, in 2013 & 2017 he defeated both Fulop backed Candidates.

Now deciding to run with Fulop will his base of Voters follow his lead ?

City Council Candidate Thomas Zuppa and his family have deep roots in Jersey City, Zuppa has been able to fundraise and is viewed by allies of Boggiano and Independents as formidable & likeable (that's not good Rich) many are believing Zuppa would been on Team Fulop's ticket if Boggiano decided against joining Team Fulop 2021.

Zuppa's friends within the HCDO & JCDO are whispering the new politico is within striking position of defeating Boggiano without a Runoff.

Can Zuppa pull off the upset or could he be derailed by the Candidacy of Kevin Bing ?

City Council Candidate Bing is the former President of the McGinley Square SID, it's hard to really gauge Bing's campaign so far, losing his bid to gain City Committee Seat in June, is not good sign for any Independent.

Bing in my opinion will become a King Maker in runoff between Zuppa & Boggiano.

Who would Bing support in Runoff ?

I would surmise the Zuppa & Boggiano surrogates are trying to maintain amicable relationships with Team Bing.

The Indian Vote is key in Ward C, and in 2021 it seems the Ward C Council race at the moment is "PickEm" .

My Prediction: Runoff between Boggiano & Zuppa.and the winner will be ????

Councilman Robinson & Team Fulop kickoff Ward F Headquarters:By The Chronicler In ChiefJuly 27th 2021Make no mistake abo...
07/28/2021

Councilman Robinson & Team Fulop kickoff Ward F Headquarters:
By The Chronicler In Chief
July 27th 2021

Make no mistake about it Ward F is political battlefield, about 100 supporters & campaign staffers of Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson's were on hand to officially launch his reelection bid.

Robinson rattled off a list of accomplishments, and stated how he understands more must be done, and he is the best candidate to lead his Ward for the next 4 years.

Citing the record number of Affordable Housing Units being built, the implementation of police foot patrols, and the relocation of City Departments to Ward F, and his advocacy for Ward F Recreational Center which will be the first in the City's History.

Robinson believes his record is proof he has been a hands on Councilman and has vigilant in addressing the societal ills of Ward F.

Supporters began shouting 4 more years, at the end of his roughly (6) minute speech.

Robinson delivered one of his strongest speeches to date during this current election cycle.

It should be noted his chief rival to date City Council Candidate Frank Gilmore's Educational Learning Center is located about one block away from the Team Fulop Ward F Headquarters.

Will Robinson get the nod for 4 more years ? We will find out in November, tonight we witnessed Robinson is revving to deliver knockout to his challengers.

Councilman Robinson & Team Fulop kickoff Ward F Headquarters:
By The Chronicler In Chief
July 27th 2021

Make no mistake about it Ward F is political battlefield, about 100 supporters & campaign staffers of Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson's were on hand to officially launch his reelection bid.

Robinson rattled off a list of accomplishments, and stated how he understands more must be done, and he is the best candidate to lead his Ward for the next 4 years.

Citing the record number of Affordable Housing Units being built, the implementation of police foot patrols, and the relocation of City Departments to Ward F, and his advocacy for Ward F Recreational Center which will be the first in the City's History.

Robinson believes his record is proof he has been a hands on Councilman and has vigilant in addressing the societal ills of Ward F.

Supporters began shouting 4 more years, at the end of his roughly (6) minute speech.

Robinson delivered one of his strongest speeches to date during this current election cycle.

It should be noted his chief rival to date City Council Candidate Frank Gilmore's Educational Learning Center is located about one block away from the Team Fulop Ward F Headquarters.

Will Robinson get the nod for 4 more years ? We will find out in November, tonight we witnessed Robinson is revving to deliver knockout to his challengers.

Jersey City Council races 2021 or is it 1981 ?The Chronicler In Chief July 26, 2021The summer has heated up the politica...
07/26/2021

Jersey City Council races 2021 or is it 1981 ?
The Chronicler In Chief
July 26, 2021

The summer has heated up the political scene in Jersey City, over the past couple of weeks. I have been paying close attention to the City Council races.

Let me be the first to admit I have become quite impressed with the Independent campaigns who are challenging the incumbents.

Money Matters and it seems two challengers, so far have been able to raise a considerable amount of dinero in these Pandemic times.

Ward B & C candidates Joel Brooks & Tom Zuppa, as well as City Council at Large Candidate Elvin Dominici are doing quite well as unaligned candidates, yes I use the word "unaligned" since I am having trouble with the terms used such as Independent and Progressive when I believe all the Candidates running are registered Democrats. I do understand we are running in non partisan elections not sure if some are the candidates are aware of it though.

City Councilman James Solomon, the Ward E Councilman, is in league of his own when it comes to fundraising, am I only person who notices Solomon's campaign is very reminiscent to the Ward E City Council Campaign run by current Mayor Steven Fulop when he was running for reelection to the Council in 2009.

When Fulop ran in 2009, many felt it had the feel of Mayoral campaign, since he touched on issues which didn't directly impact his Ward at the time. Can't blame Solomon if ain't Broke don't fix it.

Team Fulop Council Candidates in 2021 ??? is starting to give me the feel of the 1991 Lakers, or the 1987 Boston Celtics, you start to wonder openly do they have one more run in them or does Fulop have to tweak the team and bring in some new blood to shakeup the current Team of Council Candidates.

Team Fulop 2021 has to hit the pavement and become more engaged in the election process, some on the team may not recall the Municipal elections of 1981 but I am sure JCDO Chairwoman Barbara Stamato & Fulop's Chief of Staff John Minella do..

It's long way to November, So I am sure the reigns will tighten so Team Sheil isn't repeated..

P.S.

Those upset over the Solomon post ..You know damn well if Hudnit or Boggiano made the same mistake you would been all over them. Solomon used bad judgment...

Jersey City Council races 2021 or is it 1981 ?
The Chronicler In Chief
July 26, 2021

The summer has heated up the political scene in Jersey City, over the past couple of weeks. I have been paying close attention to the City Council races.

Let me be the first to admit I have become quite impressed with the Independent campaigns who are challenging the incumbents.

Money Matters and it seems two challengers, so far have been able to raise a considerable amount of dinero in these Pandemic times.

Ward B & C candidates Joel Brooks & Tom Zuppa, as well as City Council at Large Candidate Elvin Dominici are doing quite well as unaligned candidates, yes I use the word "unaligned" since I am having trouble with the terms used such as Independent and Progressive when I believe all the Candidates running are registered Democrats. I do understand we are running in non partisan elections not sure if some are the candidates are aware of it though.

City Councilman James Solomon, the Ward E Councilman, is in league of his own when it comes to fundraising, am I only person who notices Solomon's campaign is very reminiscent to the Ward E City Council Campaign run by current Mayor Steven Fulop when he was running for reelection to the Council in 2009.

When Fulop ran in 2009, many felt it had the feel of Mayoral campaign, since he touched on issues which didn't directly impact his Ward at the time. Can't blame Solomon if ain't Broke don't fix it.

Team Fulop Council Candidates in 2021 ??? is starting to give me the feel of the 1991 Lakers, or the 1987 Boston Celtics, you start to wonder openly do they have one more run in them or does Fulop have to tweak the team and bring in some new blood to shakeup the current Team of Council Candidates.

Team Fulop 2021 has to hit the pavement and become more engaged in the election process, some on the team may not recall the Municipal elections of 1981 but I am sure JCDO Chairwoman Barbara Stamato & Fulop's Chief of Staff John Minella do..

It's long way to November, So I am sure the reigns will tighten so Team Sheil isn't repeated..

P.S.

Those upset over the Solomon post ..You know damn well if Hudnit or Boggiano made the same mistake you would been all over them. Solomon used bad judgment...

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