Updated with comments from Line A’s Steven Lenox and Mayor Ray McCarthy.
Gary Iacobacci, campaign advisor to Bloomfield’s Line B democrats, today issued a press release calling Mayor Raymond McCarthy’s request for election day monitors in the June 8 primary, in which he pointed out Iacobacci’s association with disgraced former Hoboken mayor Peter Cammarano, “desperate and scurrilous.” Iacobacci also said that several line A candidates, including McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg, were as close to Camarraro and he was.
Mayor McCarthy says he has only met Cammarano twice because he was recommended to be his attorney by his “good friend” Angelo Genova because of a petition that was filed by Iacobacci against Councilman Bernard Hamilton. He was not represented in court by Cammarano.
“Dear friends are people like my wife and people I went to high school with, not someone I met twice,” Mayor McCarthy responded to allegations that he is dear friends with Cammarano.
“I am actually glad that Ray McCarthy has resorted to using this scurrilous attack of guilt by association against me,” Iacobacci said. “This confirms reports that McCarthy’s internal polling shows that he’s behind in this election.”
Here are some facts that Ray McCarthy left out of his ridiculous press release.
1) Peter Cammarano is a dear friend of Ray McCarthy and was his attorney when he challenged (in 2007) Councilman Bernard Hamilton’s (his present running mate) petitions with a frivolous lawsuit in an attempt to disenfranchise Hamilton by getting him thrown off the ballot.
2) Steve Lenox (McCarthy’s campaign consultant) is a dear friend of Cammarano and was Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s State director when Cammarano was running for mayor. In fact, Lautenberg endorsed Cammarano. Furthermore, Lenox (a Hoboken resident) worked vigorously on Cammarano’s campaign.
“Here’s my question, If I’m guilty by association, are Sen. Lautenberg, Ray McCarthy and Steve Lenox guilty as well?” Iacobacci said. “How ridiculous does that sound?” Line B mayoral candidate Patricia Spychala added, “Ray McCarthy would rather launch a guilt by association attack rather than address his nine year record of mismanagement.”
In April, Iacobacci accused Bloomfield Democratic Party Chairman Peter Stromolo of trying to intimidate some Line B candidates for district leader, and copied the Essex County Prosecutor, the New Jersey Attorney General, the Essex County Clerk and others.
“I was indeed one of hundreds of volunteers that came out in support of Peter Cammarano in hopes that he was going to move Hoboken in a new direction. And like them all, I was devastated to learn of direction his top operative, Gary Iacbocci, took that campaign in and the charges leveled against him,” Lenox said. “Bloomfield voters should be asking themselves what Line B is trying to hide, why are they so hesitant to bring in the AG’s office to monitor the election and count the ballots?”