By W. Homer Axford
A lot has happened this past week. Mayor Davis has endorsed 5 Board of Education Candidates. Jimmy not only lied about keeping politics out of the School Board race, he also wasted tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars calling for an election then using his power as Mayor to make sure a certain few win. Why is this a major problem for Bayonne? Jimmy is taking a blueprint from his “braintrust” Joe DeMarco. And it seems like this whole charade was the plan the whole darn time. They are trying to model Bayonne like North Hudson County: the schools up there are patronage mills, with thousands of jobs to hand out. Jimmy can make sure he retains power through industrial-level patronage. This approach to government seems to work very well, as the mayors of North Hudson all win with over 90% of the votes, no matter who runs against them. Astronomical tax bills come with this sort of government. This sort of government forces the good, hard-working people out. What you are left with is an economically crushed town with citizens who can’t even feed their children, never mind pay attention to local politics. That results in easy victories for the leaders, more patronage jobs for the chosen few, and socioeconomic disaster for any town as a whole. Bye bye, Bayonne. This may be her last dance as a great Hudson County city. We hope the citizens of Bayonne can stop this before its too late.
Which brings us to our next topic: the total hypocrisy Jimmy Davis personifies. He complained of nepotism, yet hired his nephew to a high-paying job; he complained about politics in the School Board, and put politics at the center of the School Board race. He said the past was wrong, yet all of his School Board picks have some past political connections or affiliations. Is this the Twilight Zone?
As for the ones Jimmy didn’t endorse, many of them big Jimmy supporters: Jimmy signed your death warrant. You will be crushed, and you won’t ever recover politically. In a race that is so micro-centric, an endorsement from the Mayor and the Teachers Union President (which privately came last week via a letter to teachers), is enough to seal the deal for most of the Jimmy endorsed candidates.
We believe in giving everyone a fair shot at Bayonne Local, so we will show you some of the other candidates over the next few weeks. Maybe you all should take a better look at Ava Finnerty and Joe Broderick (seen below.) Both are great Bayonne educators and more than qualified to be school board trustees. Both have ZERO political affiliations and would be true independent voices.
Coffey for Mayor?
Yeah, thats right, but not of Bayonne. City Attorney Jay Coffey is running as a Republican for Mayor of his hometown of Oceanport. Why is he taking his 100k plus of Bayonne Tax Money down to Oceanport to spend and live large as Mayor while Bayonne rots? This is the sick world of Jimmy Davis. Jimmy’s nephew, Andrew, has a similar arrangement with the City. While we suffer and taxes are raised, every member of the Administration takes their large pay checks out of town to stimulate their own economies. Welcome to the growing rich and poor gap, Municipality Edition. Bayonne is now a place where political hacks and cronies from other towns say what goes. That can only lead to bad things. Expect more tax increases when this happens. This is just a side problem that will certainly contribute to the overall decline of Bayonne. None of us could have imagined Jimmy would be this bad so soon. Even we are shocked.
We really don’t have any, other than we are sick to our stomachs over what this administration is doing to our town and our neighbors.