BAYONNE, NJ - Peter Franco officially opened his campaign headquarters on Broadway, less than 20 feet from the campaign headquarters Councilman Neil Carroll III, on Monday.

Franco and Carroll are among four candidates running in a Nov. 5 special election for the First Ward council seat. Also running are John Cupo and Paul Hagdorn. 

Carroll opened his headquarters in late September near East 9th Street while Hagdorn opened his headquarters at 33 West First Street.

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Despite several controversies that have plagued his campaign, including reports about his alleged “bad conduct” discharge from the U.S. Army, the opening drew about 80 people.

“We dealt with the elephant in the room right away,” Franco said. “This is a tough election. My opponents are throwing everything at us. But we’re still standing and we’re still fighting. These are very powerful people who oppose us. But my supporters know me and know I won’t back down. This has never been about me. It’s about the issues. It’s about the voters and their priorities.”

With less than a month before the election, Franco said he will try to use his network of volunteers.

“Many of these people are working people who can’t afford to donate money,” Franco said. “So, we’re asking if they can give the campaign time to make calls, knock on doors or hold meet and greets.”

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