Jersey City reformers look to Daggett

Independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett will make a foray into what is supposed to be Governor Corzine’s base next month.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett will make a foray into what is supposed to be Governor Corzine’s base next month.

Daggett plans to meet with some reform-minded Jersey City residents – mostly Democrats – who are upset with Corzine because they think he’s treated Mayor Jerramiah Healy with kid gloves.

“We’re just very disappointed in the Hudson County Democratic Party and the State Democratic Party,” said the meeting’s organizer, Phil Rivo.

Rivo, a realtor and Democratic county committeeman who is a frequent antagonistic presence at council meetings, said “in simple terms, I think Corzine needs to be fired.”

The meeting is planned for Tuesday, October 6 at The Embankment Restaurant in the downtown Hamilton Park neighborhood.

Rivo and a small band of like-minded reformers are upset that Corzine signed an executive order reviewing development projects in Ridgefield – a town of 10,000 where the mayor has been arrested on corruption charges – but ignored Jersey City, where City Council President Mariano Vega is charged with taking bribes and other officials have admitted funneling bribe money into Healy’s reelection campaign (Healy has not been charged with a crime).

“Although [Healy] hasn’t been charged with anything, crap floats to the top,” said Rivo.

Rivo said he could not bring himself to vote for Christie either because of his conservative positions.

“Let’s vote our conscience, and my conscience is that Corzine does not deserve to have the job. Christie is out of the question, and this year we have a choice,” he said. Jersey City reformers look to Daggett