Peter Cammarano III is expected to announce his resignation as Mayor of Hoboken tomorrow, sources say. His resignation comes one day short of a month after taking the oath of office, and eight days after he was arrested on federal corruption charges.
Council President Dawn Zimmer, who lost a June 10 runoff to Cammarano by 161 votes, will become the Acting Mayor. A special election will be held in November to fill the remainder of Cammarano’s term.
The 32-year-old Cammarano, a protege of Democratic superlawyer Angelo Genova, was viewed as a rising star in New Jersey politics. According to a criminal complaints, Cammarano is accused of accepting cash payments in $5,000 increments from a man he thought was a developer looking for a pay-to-play connection in Hoboken.
Gov. Jon Corzine, a Hoboken resident, has been pushing for Cammarano to quit. So have Zimmer, Councilman Ravi Bhalla, Councilwoman and ’09 mayoral candidate Beth Mason, Councilwoman Carol Marsh, and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, the Hoboken Democratic Municipal Chairman.
In addition to Gov. Jon Corzine, who lives in Hoboken, Council President Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Ravi Bhalla, Councilwoman Beth Masonand Councilman Dave Mello have all asked Cammarano to leave.
Click here to read Max Pizarro’s story, ‘The Rise and Fall of Peter Cammarano‘, in the New York Observer.