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Re: Political Insider: JC pols battle each other, but voter apathy is the enemy
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Do you know how many votes were cast in each ward in 2009?


For mayor: A: 6705; B: 4310; C:4729; D: 4889; E: 5688; F: 5395

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Do you know how many votes were cast in each ward in 2009?

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I'm working on getting a ward map uploaded to nj.com (it's an enormous file) but in the meantime I've uploaded individual ward maps to Tumblr. If you click on the ward, right-click and "view image," you'll be able to zoom in and see the street names.

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Does anyone know where I can find an electronic copy of a current Ward Map?

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This is because there are dangers for voters. Even more frightening is the city could once again be metaphorically swallowed by the flying serpent of indifference that has made its nest long ago in the county seat. Jersey City is a flat world of apathy where choice is abandoned and organized public employees, with an oath of fealty not to the city-state but its rulers, prefer the status quo....

In 2009, there were a paltry 32,000 votes cast, which unfortunately has been the norm, and this is when victorious Mayor Jerramiah Healy spent more than $3 million to avoid a runoff. He spent some 28 to 30 times more than the other candidates spent, combined. How times have changed....

Fulop will need more than 32,000. Healy's base has always been 15,000 to 16,000. Is this a transitional year or on Election Day will people be just happy to wake up in the morning?


Augie nailed the one stone cold certainty in this election. Voter apathy is Jerry Healy's best friend.

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Political Insider: JC pols battle each other, but voter apathy is the enemy

By Agustin C. Torres/The Jersey Journal
on April 06, 2013 at 6:01 AM, updated April 06, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Looking at a new map of Jersey City, post-Census and broken down into redrawn wards, I try to think about what will happen in the May municipal election.

There are a few certainties and more legitimate mysteries. Rather than write in the name of projected winners on the chart, it is better to follow the example of ancient cartographers and inscribe a warning label: "Here Be Dragons!"

This is because there are dangers for voters. Even more frightening is the city could once again be metaphorically swallowed by the flying serpent of indifference that has made its nest long ago in the county seat. Jersey City is a flat world of apathy where choice is abandoned and organized public employees, with an oath of fealty not to the city-state but its rulers, prefer the status quo.

This campaign season is just a cookie-cutter repeat of strategy for incumbents -- attack and convince everyone that life is not so bad if you manage to get up each morning. Those who want to storm City Hall have to convince voters they live in a fixed matrix of mediocrity and new leadership can make life better. In simpler terms, those who are in want to stay there, and outsiders want to replace them -- and each side demonizes the other. You make the call.

The administration knows this battle is tougher than usual. Although, over the years, this population has become mostly transient, a new breed has sprung up along the waterfront and is slowly spreading to other parts of the city. Something more was needed to beat back the nonbelievers.

Mayor Healy's people convinced someone in the National Democratic Committee to have President Barack Obama endorse the sitting mayor in a nonpartisan election of mostly members of the Democratic Party. The endorsement was based mostly on gun control issues and economic growth, readily available stock urban information in both written and audio form.

The truth is that it was payback for Healy's early support for the then presidential candidate. In 2007, other than the Liberty House in Liberty State Park, a view of some Downtown tall buildings and, in 2008, the inside of St. Peter's University's gym, our nation's president hasn't seen the rest of this city.

The Healy administration didn't need it at the time, but what a memorable historic visit it could have been if Obama reenacted the JFK visit with a carpet of people covering Journal Square. It didn't happen.

Still, even with no new images this year of Obama, it was a thumbs-up endorsement that opened the PAC bank vaults of some labor unions for a candidate desperate for funding. These political life and death times will eventually call for the stiffing of Election Day workers, if necessary. Because of past experiences, these seasonal workers will ask to be paid up front.

Here Be Dragons, May 2013?

Let's discount the voting during the heyday of Jersey City politics, right up to when John V. Kenny took office in 1949 when his winning margin was, I believe, about 20,000 or more thanks to a more than 90 percent voter turnout -- dead or alive.

In 2009, there were a paltry 32,000 votes cast, which unfortunately has been the norm, and this is when victorious Mayor Jerramiah Healy spent more than $3 million to avoid a runoff. He spent some 28 to 30 times more than the other candidates spent, combined. How times have changed.

Only where there was a major transition, a historic change in leadership, was there slightly bigger voter numbers. Within memory, we are talking about the mayoral elections of Republican Bret Schundler and the city's first black mayor, Glenn Cunningham, where totals for each race were in the vicinity of 38,000 votes.

Fulop will need more than 32,000. Healy's base has always been 15,000 to 16,000. Is this a transitional year or on Election Day will people be just happy to wake up in the morning?

Will underdog mayoral candidates Jerry Walker and Abdul Malik make a difference? At this point, if they are more than a blip on the Election Day citywide radar, I'll consider playing the Pick 6 Lotto more often.

Whichever way it goes, I don't believe there will be a runoff for mayor. A re-run will happen only in a ward or two, including the Heights, where Michael Yun could dent both major tickets. We have about five weeks to go to find out what's mapped out for us.

INSIDER NOTES:

-- During the mayoral candidates debate at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, Mayor Healy made a point of saying he will not spend another dollar on the movie palace. There was a mention that the city pays $100,000 annually to the theater -- well, yes, but not the way you may think. By law, those funds went directly to utility companies to prevent pipes for bursting and to help keep the lights on. Should I say who helped push that measure through the City Council?
The city has never paid a dime for renovations, operations or most everything else. In fact, Urban Enterprise Zone monies were used to pay for required building code repairs. All other costs were by donations or what the volunteers can make by leasing the space or putting on movies and concerts. For years, city government's role in the Loew's has been disgraceful.

Of course the administration could always use another empty lot on Journal Square that could one day become parking.

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