Supporters of Democratic Assembly candidate Nicholas Chiavaralotti like the numbers in Bayonne, which look significantly higher than what they see in Ward F. Chiavaralotti campaign staffers expect a turnout of over 5,000 in Bayonne, where Louis Manzo’s ticket must score a strong plurality to overcome the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s strength in Jersey City’s Ward F.
Secure in the belief that they need good turnout in Bayonne to win, Manzo’s people were jubilant. Cunningham spokesman Dominic Santana said, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”
Bayonne Councilman Tony Chiappone, meanwhile, was campaigning furiously in front of a Ward 2 supermarket.
Manzo’s campaigns says they’re not worried about Chiappone pulling large numbers of votes because much of his base consists of Republican and Independent voters.