Hoboken mayor expected to resign

July 30, 2009 2:46:38 PM PDT
Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano is expected to resign as early as Friday, according to Governor Jon Corzine.Corzine, answering a question about ethics reform at a Montclair event, said he expects Cammarano's resignation within the next 24 hours.

A senior Corzine administration official said the understanding is Cammarano is resigning Friday morning.

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The move comes amid intense pressure from Corzine, a Hoboken resident, to force Cammarano to step down. Corzine had publicly called for the resignation and privately instructed lawyers from his office to speak with Cammarano's lawyers.

Cammarano's lawyer, Joseph Haydan, however, said that his client may step down Friday, but that no final decision has been made. Haydan acknowledged the 32-year-old mayor is strongly considering resigning out of a concern that the storm of publicity over his arrest has "interfered with his ability to run the city."

"He is concerned with the fact that the publicity about this case has become a distraction to him and a distraction to the functioning of government," Haydan said. "He will decide by tomorrow."

However, a Corzine administration official countered by saying, "The governor's words speak for themselves. He is not being misquoted or misunderstood in any way."

The news was a bombshell at Hoboken City Hall, apparently taking elected officials by complete surprise.

Hoboken City Council President Dawn Zimmer, who lost a runoff to Cammarano by 161 votes, would become acting mayor if he resigns.

Zimmer said she has heard nothing.

"There's nothing official," Zimmer said.

She said she spoke to Judy Tripodi, Hoboken's state appointed fiscal control officer, who has also not been notified. Neither had Cammarrano's communications director.

Zimmer would have to run in a special election in November to fill the remainder of Cammarano's term.

The 32-year-old Cammarano is accused of accepting cash payments in $5,000 increments from a man he thought was a developer looking for a pay-to-play connection in Hoboken.


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