Jason O’Donnell has stepped up his criticism of Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis’ refusal to debate him, saying his campaign hand delivered a letter to Davis headquarters asking for three debates before the May 8 mayoral election.
But a representative of the Davis campaign says this is much ado about nothing and that the mayor has already said he would debate O’Donnell.
“Mayor Davis is busy delivering new affordable senior housing and isn’t just going to jump became of a lame PR stunt by Jason O’Donnell,” said Phil Swibinski, a spokesman for the Davis campaign.
O’Donnell, a former Assemblyman, called on Davis last week to hold one debate in each of Bayonne’s three wards.
“Jimmy Davis is ducking us on debates,” said O’Donnell. “People would like to hear the Mayor’s rationale for giving away our city and sticking us all with a Jimmy Davis Tax for generations, but he simply doesn’t care. Jimmy’s tax breaks for rich developers, his lawsuit settlements we all have to pay, and even his refusal to put the most basic requirements in place for his wealthy developer friends to make sure Bayonne jobs go to Bayonne residents are all things voters have expressed concerns about. It seems Jimmy’s 15 years spent living in Rahway and his time palling around with the Business Administrator from Somerset County he hired to run our city has made him forget that here in Bayonne we answer for our actions and we don’t ignore the people we are supposed to serve.”
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comment from the Davis campaign.
Jason O'Donnell 3.13.18 debate letter