In Elizabeth, Street and Sign Wars Erupt in Hours Prior to Election Day

Fonseca says DPW is improperly on the prowl in Ellizabeth (above).

Fonseca says DPW is improperly on the prowl in Ellizabeth (above).

The two sides are clashing hard in Elizabeth, as the forces allied with Mayor Chris Bollwage and state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) zapped incumbent School Board Member Tony Monteiro over the weekend with an ethics complaint, while Monteiro’s allies say City Hall is improperly using its power to crack down on their efforts.

The subject of the ethics complaint concerns the school system’s Facebook page for allegedly political purposes, includling the blast of Mother’s Day wishes by Monteiro, a candidate for reelection to the school board.

Simultaneously, veteran operative Pablo Fonseca – once the chief-of-staff to then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker – said he felt like he was in the remake of Street Fight, where he once played a staring role. Working on the Monteiro team, the strategist said the Elizabeth Department of Public Works over the weekend deployed vehicles and personnel to tear down campaign signs.

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In Elizabeth, Street and Sign Wars Erupt in Hours Prior to Election Day