When he allegedly accepted $5,000 in cash for his campaign, then-Hoboken mayoral candidate Peter Cammarano told a cooperating witness, “In this election, we are breaking the world into three categories at that point (in the event he won).
“There’s the people who were with us, and that’s you guys. There’s the people who climbed on board in the runoff. They can get in line. And then there are the peole who were against us the whole way. They get ground …they get ground into powder.”
One of those people opposing the man who ultimately won that runoff election in early June and became mayor was 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, whom Cammarano defeated in the May non-partisancontest to force his later runoff with Counciolwoman Dawn Zimmer.
“Right now I’m sad,” said Mason.”I’m sad for Hoboken. I’m sad the city is going through another situation like this. I’ve been fighting pay-to-play and advocating open government for years. I’ve seen it across the state. This is an issueI felt so strongly about thatI ran for office and put forth legislation to make theprocess more open and transparent.”
At this time, Mason offered “no comment” to whether or not she believes Cammarano should resign.
“What strikes me about the case is the pure arrogance of all of it -just that it wasn’t about the people, especially in this time,” Mason said.”This is a very challenging time. We have people who are suffering and there are people taking money like it’s a chess game.”