Roberts won’t seek reelection in Hoboken

HOBOKEN – City Hall sources this afternoon confirmed whatHoboken's political class has known for a very long time, which is that as much as Mayor David Roberts would love to run for a third term, the city's budget crisis and resulting state takeover make it politically infeasible for him to do anything other than tap out at this point.

He won't run again, said sources close to the mayor, who anticipate Roberts releasing an official statement sometime in the coming days.

When asked to consider his one-time political ally's legacy, At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano said, "It's a mixed bag. For much of his term, he presided over the ramping up of the local economy and a Hoboken renaissance. There was unprecented growth in the local economy. …Clearly the downside was the growth of the city budget from $52 million to $100 million in seven years."

Cammarano is running to succeed Roberts, as is4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer. Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is projected to enter the race as early as next week.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie