BAYONNE – Former Bayonne mayoral candidate Anthony Zanowic endorsed incumbent Mayor Mark Smith and his council team over insurgent candidate Jimmy Davis in the upcoming June runoff.
“After careful consideration and after meeting with both Mayor Smith and Jimmy Davis, I have decided to endorse Mayor Smith and his team,” said Zanowic, the manager of the Hudson Lanes bowling alley, in a written statement. “As a conservative, my most important concern is making government smaller and less expensive. Mayor Smith shares these goals. He has a solid plan with demonstrable results like this year’s zero tax increase while Mr. Davis offers no governmental or management experience whatsoever.”
“Mr. Davis’ promise to settle the teacher contract without explaining how he would pay for it is fiscally irresponsible and would cost the average taxpayer over $1,100 a year in higher property taxes.” added Zanowic, alluding to a controversial issue in the contentious race to run the Peninsula City. “Mayor Smith cares about our taxpayers and is being fiscally responsible with our money. We don’t agree on everything, but Mayor Smith is the clear choice in this election.”
“Anthony Zanowic is a good man who loves our city and I appreciate his endorsement very much,” says Smith, who was first elected in 2008, in response to Zanowic’s endorsement. “Above all else, Anthony speaks out for taxpayers and we are both committed to efficient, affordable government. I look forward to working with Anthony and his team in the future.”
Smith and Davis, a retired and an active Bayonne police officer respectively, were separated by a slim 49 percent to 47 percent margin after the May 13 Bayonne municipal elections. Zanowic received 4 percent on the vote.
“That’s his choice. I don’t think it’s going to hurt me in any way,” Davis told PolitickerNJ.com. “I’m the one mayoral candidate who is truly stepping up for the people in Bayonne.”