Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a long rumored 2017 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has created a website asking Gov. Chris Christie (R) to resign: stepdownchris.com.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Gov. Chris Christie must step down, he has made his priorities clear that time with Donald Trump on the campaign trail is more important than the people of New Jersey. Stand with me, by signing our petition to ask Gov. Christie to resign,” Fulop writes near the top of the website.
The header of the website is a collage of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, Christie and an NJ.com headline that says “Christie skips N.J. trooper funeral to campaign for Trump.”
The bottom of the website also contains several links of instances where either Trump or Christie’s own failed presidential bid was put before the residents of New Jersey.
“Enough is enough. You’ve recently missed multiple New Jersey State Troopers funerals to spend time out of state on the campaign trail with an anti-immigration hate monger. While doing this, you have cost taxpayers nearly $1 million for protection security at these events,” Fulop also writes.”
“This is irresponsible governing, a waste of taxpayer dollars, and an embarrassment to the state of New Jersey. If you’re not going to do your job, it’s time for you to step down.”
Just in case it wasn’t clear already, the bottom of the website spells it out that it is “Paid For by Steven Fulop 2017,” which for now, is officially a re-election bid for mayor.
Fulop has occasionally publicly went after Christie in the past.
In December, he attacked the governor for taking his time in denouncing Trump’s claims that “thousands” celebrated 9/11 in Jersey City, and in January. finding an unlikely ally in Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) – another likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate – in denouncing Christie’s plans to privatize Liberty State Park.
Yet another Democratic potentially eyeing a gov run next year, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy – now the chair of New Way for New Jersey – started an online petition asking Christie to pack it in earlier this month.
An email to representatives from Christie’s Office was not immediately returned, but this story will be updated in the event comment is given.
Meanwhile, Fulop has been promoting his new website on social media this morning: