Civic JC Pres. joins Matsikoudis’ Jersey City slate as final at-large candidate

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Esther Wintner, the president of local good government group Civic JC, has joined mayoral hopeful Bill Matsikoudis as his final council-at-large candidate.

Civic JC President Esther Wintner rounds out Jersey City mayoral hopeful Bill Matsikoudis' council ticket. Photo courtesy of the Matsikoudis campaign.
Civic JC President Esther Wintner rounds out Jersey City mayoral hopeful Bill Matsikoudis’ council ticket. Photo courtesy of the Matsikoudis campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Esther helped the City recoup millions of dollars when she advocated for an audit of a Downtown abatement. She was instrumental in obtaining a DOJ grant when she worked with police leadership that helped hire additional police officers,” Matsikoudis said in an email.

The city’s former corporation counsel under Mayor Jerramiah Healy also praised Wintner for asking a super PAC linked to incumbent Steven Fulop’s expected gubernatorial to disclose their donors February.

In October, shortly after Fulop endorsed Phil Murphy for governor and announced he would seek re-election, Wintner joined Matsikoudis in asking the PAC to give back the $1.4 million contributed from those with connections to the City of Jersey City.

“With Esther Wintner on the City Council, we know that there will be an in-house watchdog to make sure that city government is operating ethically, transparently, and without waste,” added Matsikoudis.

Winter sought the Ward B council seat in 2013, but Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal was victorious in that election.

She joins Esmeralda Trinidad, a former vice chair of the Jersey City Democratic Organization, and veteran Jersey City educator Dr. Michael Winds as the council-at-large candidates for the Matsikoudis team.

The Jersey City municipal elections take place on November 7th, where the mayoralty and all nine council seats are up for grabs.

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