Addressing a group of reporters after voting, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said he felt cautiously optimistic about a third term and getting the majority of his council slate over the finish line, declining to say who he voted for in the board of education race.
“I can’t divulge that, I voted for progress there, that’s what I voted for, so I’m not gonna say who I voted for individually because I have to work with whoever wins regardless of who I voted for regardless,” he said responding to a question from HCV.
“They’ve got some real challenges at the board of education now with the superintendent retiring, the stakes are much higher, but I’m just hoping for a cooperative relationship.”
Regarding the city council races, Fulop reiterated what he said on Saturday, that he feels good they can at least replicate their success from 2017 where they win six of the nine seats, also acknowledging winning a third term is tough.
“Third terms are challenging, we’ve seen that across the country, and I feel like we have a strong track record, we’ve accomplished a lot – so I feel pretty good – but third terms are hard: we’ll see what the day brings at 8 p.m.”
Fulop is heavy favored against challenger Lewis Spears, an author and youth mentor who grew up in the Booker T. Washington projects and graduated from Harvard University.
If the incumbent pulls it off, he’ll be the first third term mayor in Jersey City since the infamous Frank Hague.
The polls are open until 8 p.m. this evening, with Jersey City voters selecting mayor, three council-at-large representatives, and their ward council representative, along with three board of education trustees.