A resolution that would allow for free parking citywide during the holiday season failed Wednesday night in a tie vote.
The Hoboken City Council voted 4-4 on the measure that would have suspended parking for the two weeks before Christmas.
Councilwoman Theresa Castellano sponsored the resolution. She said Hoboken is suffering from a negative image problem.
"People thought we were under mud and water and desolate," she said.
She argued that it would be a boon for local businesses and restaurants that suffered losses during Hurricane Sandy and continue to struggle due to the indefinite closure of the Hoboken PATH station.
Councilman Ravinder Bhalla warned that there could be abuses. He said drivers would take advantage of the situation and leave their cars in the same spot for hours without sponsoring Hoboken businesses.
The city has traditionally offered free parking during the two weeks before Christmas, Castellano said. Last year, parking was suspended for only one week due to an oversight.
Hoboken is still offering free four-hour parking in municipal garages for those who spend at least $20 at local restaurants and businesses for the entire month of December.