Assembly Speaker Prieto reacts to Fulop not running for governor

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Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) gave his thoughts on Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop deciding not to run for governor next year, adding that the Hudson County Democratic Organization has not made any decisions on who to support in that election yet.

“Well, obviously, the mayor, there was a lot of thoughts that he was going to run for governor, he had never declared. And obviously I had a great working relationship as a friend and one of the mayor’s of the county as the chairman of the party,” Prieto said early this afternoon.

“That decision, I think, may be announced today that he won’t be seeking that office: it’s his decision and if he seeks re-election (as mayor) I will support the mayor of Jersey City and look forward to working with him because he’s done great things for Jersey City and Hudson County.”

Prieto, also the chairman of the HCDO, added that the local Democratic party hasn’t had any discussions about who they will be endorsing for governor.

The Assembly Speaker had previously shown his support for Fulop at a number of political fundraisers, stating in March that the governor’s race goes through Hudson.

Fulop is also expected to endorse former U.S. Ambassador to Germany at a press conference today.