How much does it cost to buy an election in Hoboken’s 4th ward?

Outgoing Hoboken Councilman Michael Lenz’s supporters say it costs about $22,000.

That’s how much his opponent Tim Occhipinti spent on “campaign workers” to win Ward 4’s Council seat in November. What’s unusual about that? Well, nothing, until you consider that there were about 575 of them, and that for all that Election Day “field” help there was little Occhipinti campaign presence visible on 4th Ward streets (say the Lenz folks). And that Occhipinti paid 575 workers for an election in which only 2,076 people cast ballots (Lenz Election Day paid workers = 17). Most alarming is a spike – a big one – in vote-by-mail ballots, and who it was who turned them in: overwhelmingly it was Occhipinti’s “campaign workers”. Hoboken Ward 4 absentee voting dwarfs that of every other election in Hudson County, according to the Hudson Clerk’s figures. The county prosecutor’s office recently referred 190 vote-by-mail ballots to the state Attorney General’s office, though it’s not known if any investigation concerns the Lenz campaign’s allegations.

Take a gander at this graphic, then tell me you don’t see red flags. You’re looking a chart of the vote-by-mail percentages for the Hudson County general election (data source). Compare Occhipinti’s absentee voter percentages with other Hudson races, and with Lenz’s race:

Hoboken Ward 4 2nd GRAPHIC

We wrote about this Oct. 28, when 3 Ward 4 residents swore out affidavits saying they were offered “$40 as an incentive to vote absentee”. But this is bigger now. The new information, via ELEC final campaign spending reports illustrates that the breadth and size of what may be election corruption may be far greater. Do we know there was corruption? We do not. But where this many red flags are raised, there should be investigation. And Hoboken’s next election should be monitored by credible election protection experts.

How much does it cost to buy an election in Hoboken’s 4th ward?

Outgoing Hoboken Councilman Michael Lenz’s supporters say it costs about $22,000.

That’s how much his opponent Tim Occhipinti spent on “campaign workers” to win Ward 4’s Council seat in November. What’s unusual about that? Well, nothing, until you consider that there were about 575 of them, and that for all that Election Day “field” help there was little Occhipinti campaign presence visible on 4th Ward streets (say the Lenz folks). And that Occhipinti paid 575 workers for an election in which only 2,076 people cast ballots (Lenz Election Day paid workers = 17). Most alarming is a spike – a big one – in vote-by-mail ballots, and who it was who turned them in: overwhelmingly it was Occhipinti’s “campaign workers”. Hoboken Ward 4 absentee voting dwarfs that of every other election in Hudson County, according to the Hudson Clerk’s figures. The county prosecutor’s office recently referred 190 vote-by-mail ballots to the state Attorney General’s office, though it’s not known if any investigation concerns the Lenz campaign’s allegations.

Take a gander at this graphic, then tell me you don’t see red flags. You’re looking a chart of the vote-by-mail percentages for the Hudson County general election (data source). Compare Occhipinti’s absentee voter percentages with other Hudson races, and with Lenz’s race:

Hoboken Ward 4 2nd GRAPHIC

How much does it cost to buy an election in Hoboken’s 4th ward?

Incumbent Michael Lenz, who got a look at Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) final campaign spending reports of his opponent, newly-elected councilman Tim Occhipinti says it takes xxxxxxxx

And it looks to me like there’s more than sour grapes involved, and maybe more than the customary election skullduggery and sleaze Hudson County voters have been accustomed to. Because, though Occhipinti outspent Lenz by about 2:1, it’s what a chunk of that money was spent on, and what it suggests of how that election was won the smells funny.

Let’s take it apart.

how many ppl paid.

no street presence

graph.  

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *