Nearly a quarter century after being voted out of office, 85-year-old Steve Cappiello says he might enter the 2009 race for Mayor of Hoboken – and the lifelong Hudson County Democrat has endorsed Christopher Christie for Governor. Cappiello was a Hoboken Councilman from 1963 to 1973, and the Mayor from 1973 until he lost his bid for re-election in 1985, by 343 votes, to Thomas Vezzetti. He also lost his bid for re-election to the Hudson County Board of Freeholders in 1984 to Republican Roger Dorian– one of two Democrats to lose a countywide race in Hudson since 1956.
Cappiello has outlived the man who beat him by 21 years; Vezzetti died of a heart attack in 1988 at age 59. In 2007, Cappiello was arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He lost his driver’s license for thirty days.