Six weeks before the Bayonne mayoral election, incumbent Jimmy Davis will get a little help from New Jersey’s two United States Senators. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker will join Davis in Bayonne to announce a new commercial development at the former Military Ocean Terminal – a project the Davis team says will generate thousands of construction and permanent jobs.
Menendez endorsed Davis last October, and Booker has not publicly endorsed anyone in this heated race. But Booker’s presence at a governmental event for the incumbent can fairly be interpreted as a win-and-nod toward Davis in his race against former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell.
O’Donnell threw some punches at Davis today, criticizing him for using city funds to stop a referendum that could keep his campaign manager, former Bernardsville Councilman Joe DeMarco, from returning to his job as business administrator.
“Mayor Davis, his Council and his Administration continue to shamefully waste Bayonne taxpayer money at every turn,” O’Donnell said. “Does the Mayor believe that his Somerset County Business Administrator and campaign manager is that much smarter than the thousands of people in our city that we should all continue paying for his defense with our money? Can he really find no one else?
O’Donnell accused Davis and DeMarco of giving forty tax abatements to “their rich developer friends.”
“Now we are supposed to pay to fight for his continued service in that role? Mayor Davis and his Council should immediately stop their legal proceedings, agree that we don’t need a special election for them to follow the law, remove Joe DeMarco and, please, above all else, stop wasting our money,” O’Donnell said.