Jersey City mayoral challenger Matsikoudis highlights diversity in 1st TV ad

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Jersey City mayoral challenger Bill Matsikoudis highlights diversity in his first TV ad, showcasing his ability to speak four different languages.

“In Jersey City, we deserve a mayor who speaks our language,” Matsikoudis says in the commercial intro, later shown speaking to residents in Greek, French, Spanish, and of course English as well.

Based on his Facebook page, Matsikoudis regularly interacts with residents and business owners in foreign languages.

The 30-second clip also briefly delves into the former city corporation counsel’s background, noting that the “worked his way through law school, cracked down on corporate polluters” and “took on the NRA.”

Matsikoudis is working to pull off a major upset over incumbent Steven Fulop, who has garnered over a dozen endorsements from local politicians and unions and has a sizeable lead when it comes to campaign cash.

Fulop released his first campaign ad lampooning Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) 4th of July beach fiasco last month, attracting some national media coverage.

While the ad was very well-received, it was briefly pulled from YouTube after NJ Advance Media made a copyright claim (h/t The Jersey Journal).

Despite this fact, the copyright dispute was quickly resolved and the video was back online in less than a day.