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Hoboken Council Members Mason, Russo Eyeing Assembly Run, Report Says

After an appearance in Union City with State Senator Brian Stack, PolitickerNJ labeled Councilwoman Beth Mason "poised to run" for Assembly.

When Councilwoman Beth Mason appeared alongside State Senator Brian Stack and Governor Chris Christie at an event in Union City on Thursday morning, she was there to celebrate the opening of the Colin Powell Elementary School.

But, almost immediately, it turned into a quasi campaigning event. 

According to PolitickerNJ, Mason is looking to run for the 33rd Assembly seat come November.

Mason, who currently serves as Second Ward Councilwoman, ran for mayor twice in 2009.

Mason would be running to fill one of the two assembly seats in the 33rd district, one of which is held by Ruben Ramos Jr. PolitickerNJ speculated that Ramos will be vacating his seat for a mayoral run.

The other seat is being vacated by Sean Connors, who reportedly is running for counil on Steve Fulop's ticket in Jersey City. Connors served one term as assemblyman.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is up for reelection in November. No one has formally announced a challenge yet.

Alex Habib, Ramos' chief of staff, said in a statement sent to Patch on Wednesday night that if the assemblyman runs for mayor, "it will be an open and honest conversation on how the community can come together for a better, more vibrant Hoboken."

Habib neither confirmed nor denied any speculations.

"There's always speculation in Hudson County," Habib said. 

According to Thursday's Politicker story, Mason is "cozying up to Stack in hopes of landing an Assembly seat on Stack's 2013 legislative ticket."

Mason could not be reached for comment.

The story also mentions Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo, a political ally of Mason, as interested in the open seat. 

In a phone interview on Thursday afternoon, Russo was coy about the option.

"It's something I have always been interested in," Russo said. "Everybody knows my plans in politics do not end at being a council person."

"It's still up in the air," Russo said. But, "it's definitely a thought in my mind."

If either Russo or Mason run — and win — an assembly seat, their council seats would have to be filled by appointment after the November elections.

A previous PolitickerNJ article mentioned Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla as a potential candidate for one of the open seats. Bhalla, an ally of Zimmer, ran for the assembly in 2011, but lost in the primaries.

Right now, it's still up in the air who will be running in November to fill the positions in the 33rd district.

According to Politicker, Stack is looking to choose one candidate from Hoboken and one from Jersey City. 

recallbethmason February 08, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Ha ha ha ha ha, really? Wait need to catch my breath.... So who exactly would vote for these numnuts? I luv mike russo's comment that everyone knows he has higher aspirations than the city council? Really? No one in hoboken is going to vote for you or beth mason! You two have screwed up hoboken enough we don't need you screwing up the state also...
HudsonStreet February 08, 2013 at 04:48 AM
It should be noted that due to the Hudson County political machine controled by Stack that his placing someone on his Assembly ticket is the equvilent to a sure win. It is expected that due to demographics of Stacks base one of the two spots will go to a hispanic candidate. That leaves one to be chosen from Hoboken. Bhalla would be the most qualified. Russo can offer little but a few extra votes. Mason could hand over very large amounts of cash.
Ojo Rojo February 08, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Mason barely won her own ward and she spent a fortune on campaign consultants and street money. Any honest person running against her will beat her. Russo has that infamous FBI informant tape that will make the perfect campaign ad against him. Fat chance either wins anything at the state level. They can't even win the popular vote in Hoboken absent boat loads of cash.
FAP February 08, 2013 at 06:57 AM
If Brian Stack wanted to become the most ridiculed man in Hoboken choosing either Beth-spent a million bucks and still almost came in third for mayor- Mason or Mike-I didn't accept a bribe-Russo is a good way to go about it. . Well played Stack.
ThisMeansWar February 08, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Seriously? This has nothing whatever to do with democracy. If Stack picks you, you win. He will deliver a landslide for you in UC. He needs money, Beth has money. Simple as that. That's why it appeals to Beth. Anything she can do that does not require more than writing a check is right up her alley.
Ojo Rojo February 08, 2013 at 01:30 PM
A lot of people will actively vote against Mason & Russo and that negative vote will carry over into future elections. Mason and Russo cost the man far more votes than they bring to the table. He'd be better off picking a bum off a bench as a member to his slate.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV February 08, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Not really concerned with this public relations effort. First, there's a candidate missing from the list. It was reported by both Al Sullivan at the HR and MSV there are four people on the list: Ravi Bhalla Michael Russo Beth Mason Frank "Pupie" Raia. Big swing and a miss here. Give Beth Mason back her bat and send her to the dugout.
Outofcontrol February 09, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Are there Pay to Play rules in Newark?
Ojo Rojo February 09, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Does the number of people who hate Mason and Russo in Hoboken and who will vote against any slate including them exceed the number of VBM ballots they can collect from people who get $40 checks?
ThisMeansWar February 09, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Mason's biggest/only asset is her checkbook. Her biggest problem is that Sacco and Stack hate each other. If Stack picks her, Sacco will receive a complete rendering of Beth's many "activities" in Hoboken. Sacco will hang her around Stack's neck as a corrupt, conniving, destructive, heartless millionaire politician. The minute she gives as much as a nickel to an opponent of Sacco's, which she inevitably will be required to do, she will have a new enemy for life with very deep pockets. No amount of spinning by Beth's paid fanclub will save her. That's only for blogs. The facts speak very loudly for themselves, and the average person seeing them on their TV screen will be utterly appalled.
HudsonStreet February 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
There is little doubt that if Mason or Russo are on any ticket many in Hoboken will not only vote against them but also actively work against the entire ticket. It may not cost Stack the election but it will certainly not help him as he wars against the other Hudson County bosses for control.

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