Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano of Hoboken is in a bit of a pretzel himself in his hometown, where the mayor’s race marks the biggest happening of the political season in Hudson.
Romano backs incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s re-election, but he’s also quietly supportive of the efforts of the ticketmates of Councilman Tim Occhipinti, Zimmer’s Nov. 5th opponent.
Especially one of them.
Local financial heavyweight Frank “Pupie” Raia is on the Occhipinti ticket and Romano wants to make nice with Pupie, a dear family friend.
Zimmer’s steamed, a source told PolitickerNJ.com. Support means support not only for her, but her team.
Romano doesn’t buy that the mayor is irritated.
“She and Frank have a cordial relationship,” the freeholder said.
Romano wants Zimmer’s support toward his own re-election designs next year, and doesn’t want the style-cramping of Councilman Ravi Bhalla, a Zimmer ally who has long nursed designs on moving up the political totem pole.
Also irritated at Romano is Assemblyman Ruben Ramos (D-33), the third candidate in the mayor’s race, who actually contributed the most to making Romano a freeholder before their political relationship soured.