With the November 7 municipal election still eight months away, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop secured another endorsement this morning, this time from the Amalgamated Transit Union.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œThis is our first labor endorsement, and I couldnâ€™t be more thankful for the support today from the ATU,â€ Fulop said in a statement.
â€œThe hardworking men and women of the ATU play a major role in our cityâ€™s ability to move forward, and as my administration continues to advocate for public transportation in Jersey City, we look forward to continuing to work together with the ATU to build a better city. â€œ
The ATU has 8,000 members across the state, 400 of which are from Jersey City.
â€œAs Chairman of the ATU NJ State Council, I’m proud to join in today’s endorsement with President Earl Hardy of Jersey City and the hard working men and women of ATU Local 821 to support a man who has always stood up for mass transit, it’s riders, and its workforce,â€ said ATU NJ State Council Chair Ray Greaves.
â€œMayor Steven Fulop is a champion for mass transit and the residents of JC who depend on safe, reliable mass transit. The ATU stands up for elected officials who support and understand the importance of mass transit. We believe there’s none better than Mayor Fulop.â€
Greaves, a former Bayonne councilman and board of education trustee, is a longtime supporter of Fulop, calling Jersey City “the envy of New Jersey” during a July fundraiser for the mayor.
Despite the election still being a ways off, Fulop has already notched endorsements from state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.
Fulop currently faces challengers in the form of ex-city Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis and former Assemblyman Charles Mainor.