The return of Ruben Ramos? And some Hoboken history


A turbulent political career that ran aground when he ran afoul of state Senator Brian P. Stack then unsuccessfully ran for mayor, former Assemblyman Ruben Ramos may be getting back into the fray.

“I’m thinking about it,” he told PolitickerNJ, when asked if he will run against incumbent Hoboken Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti in the November election.

“I’m weighing all options right now,” added the former assemblyman, a Paterson social studies teacher by trade.

It would be a payback move for the friendly 4th Warder: a frontal assault on a vote splitter.

Occhipinti infuriated allies when he jumped into the 2013 mayor’s race and deprived Ramos of some of the born and raised crowd nursed into public life by the late Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons.

It was not too long ago that Ramos was a rising star in Hoboken politics, a rising star who in the course of five years would become a political survivor – just before being vaporized.

Before losing the line in 2013, Ramos was the second to last player among a handful of young gun up and comers who once enjoyed the affections of Stack and together looked ready to take on Hudson politics.

Councilman Chris Campos was the first to go down, in 2007, when he lost his reelection to the 4th Ward seat Ramos may try to land this year. Ramos had first won the seat on the Housing Authority vote, then moved to an-large representation while backing Campos to replace him on the front-line against yuppie incursion.

Then Campos lost his reelection bid to future Mayor Dawn Zimmer and opened the citywide floodgates.

Mayor Peter Cammarano was the next to fall, beating Zimmer for mayor before getting stung on 2009 corruption charges.

That left Ramos and Councilman Mike Russo (pictured above) as the two last standing.

Ramos then got entangled in a brutal backroom war at the Statehouse in 2011. Stack wanted to deliver an assembly vote to his cross-the-aisle Governor Chris Christie on the governor’s pension and benefits overhaul. Stack thought he had Ramos lined up on his side. But Ramos, a teacher, decided to vote against the measure, thereby incurring Stack’s wrath.

Running mates since 2007, Stack tossed him in 2013.

Deprived of his mentor’s support, Ramos resurfaced with his mayoral run, losing to Zimmer after Occhipinti ran too and divided the vote.

Zimmer: 47%; Ramos 35%; Occhipinti 18%.

Despite losing citywide, second place finisher Ramos was the 4th Ward’s top vote-getter.

Now he is poised for a return.

In his sights? Occhipinti. On the local ward turf that made Ramos. The return of Ruben Ramos? And some Hoboken history