Cammarano rallies his troops as absentee ballots give him the lead

HOBOKEN – The celebration at Bar None was suposed to mark At Large Councilman Peter Cammarano's definitive mayoral victory over 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer.

He hasn't won, but he's leading his rivalby 88 votes after the county clerk counted absentee ballots, according to Cammarano Campaign Manager Gary Iaccabacci.

"I will never forget the commitment of the people on this campaign when I take the oath of office, but for now let's go downstairs and have a party," Cammarano told his crowd of blue-shirted supporters that spilled over the sidewalk and into Washington Street.

Cammarano stood on the steps below Tiger Shulman's karate studio, flanked by his wife and his running mate, Angel Alicea.

"I had a lot of running mates in this race," said the councilman, acknowledginghisoriginal May 12th team, which morphed into him andAlicea joining forces with Vincent Addeo and Raul Morales for the runoff election.

Cammarano called Alicea "the big man on the campaign trail."

Zimmer Campaign Strategist Mike Lenz pointed out that there are still 80 provisionals remaining to be counted and, he believes, other votes that were not included in the clerk's final district tally.

Cammarano rallies his troops as absentee ballots give him the lead