Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis will continue a tradition started by his predecessor and move up his State of the City address to twenty days before Election Day.
Davis gave his 2016 and 2017 addresses in June. But Mayor Mark Smith moved up his own State of the City address in 2014 – three weeks before he lost re-election top Davis.
In anticipation of Davis’ speech, his challenger in the May 8 mayoral election said he could predict Davis’ message because the themes were tested in a recent poll.
“After spending almost four years hibernating, Jimmy Davis has spent the last few weeks trying to convince Bayonne residents that our City is on the right track. Tonight’s Address will be the extended version of the thirty second campaign ad Mayor Davis put together on City taxpayer time,” said former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, a candidate for mayor. “In fact, if you are in attendance tonight and the Mayor brings his hard hat, his shovel and the City’s photographer make sure you sign a release because you may show up in his next campaign commercial. The only real suspense is whether there will be a line in the speech explaining why the State of the City is less than three weeks before Election Day when it was delivered in June the past two years.”
O’Donnell says it’s a “certainty that our Mayor’s speech won’t have a passage about doing nothing to guarantee Bayonne jobs to Bayonne residents when he gave out his huge tax breaks, or that he allowed those same developers to shirk their affordable housing responsibilities and their obligation to pay their share into our City’s education funding.”
“There will be no mention of raises being handed out to try and ensure support just as he will omit the $10,000 he spent to fund a study into the $62 million gondola project because it ‘would look cool’. Potholes, dirty streets and crime have no place in our Mayor’s State of the City because he thinks he can trick Bayonne residents into giving him another four years in City Hall,” O’Donnell predicted. “Or maybe he just doesn’t know about any of this. As the Mayor stated himself in his live streamed editorial board meeting with the Jersey Journal, he doesn’t read newspapers and doesn’t know anything about most of the major issues Bayonne residents face every day.”