At a Hudson County Democratic Organization event honoring Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, various elected leaders such as U.S. Reps. Albio Sires (D-8) and Donald Payne (D-10) and state Senator/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco (D-32) discussed the importance of getting the vote out for Hillary Clinton.
“You know, it’s been an honor working under his administration,” began Jersey City Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman, also the vice chair of the HCDO and the party’s candidate for Hudson County Register – which is also on the November 8 ballot.
“One thing about Steve [Fulop] is ‘hard work’ is his middle name, he doesn’t tell anybody that, but he whips that chain and sends us out there and has us doing what we need to do to change the face of Jersey City and make Jersey City one city.”
After praising Fulop for the effort he has put into growing Jersey City, Sires explained why he feels this presidential election is a “historical” one.
“This election is truly historical, not only because of what’s going on in this election, but we have a very competent woman heading the ticket who seems to be getting bombarded from everywhere,” Sires said.
“And she is so tough, your gonna see her come through on Tuesday. This election is more than about the presidency. This election is about the Supreme Court, it’s about the issues that are important to us, because there’s a group out there that wants to reverse all the gains we’ve made in the past 50 years.”
Payne said that he’s barely been campaigning for himself as he’s traveled around the country including Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida – with a trip to Pennsylvania planned for this weekend – to get the vote out for Clinton.
“I haven’t done much campaigning for myself because it’s been that important to make sure that Secretary Clinton is the next President of the United States and we have … forgotten about ourselves, forgotten about the campaign and gone around this country,” he said.
“So here in New Jersey we have to make sure we give them what they expect, right? We’re gonna hold the fort down for her, right?,” he asked the enthusiastic room of about 150 Democrats gathered at the Liberty House restaurant.
Payne also said it was “an honor and a privilege” to be part of an event honoring Fulop, stating he was the first one to endorse him for mayor ahead of the 2013 election.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, also the chairman of the HCDO, spoke about the importance of getting federal leaders like Sires and Payne re-elected so that Clinton could begin her term with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Prieto also referred to leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as “the real deal” and “a Democrat that I can work with in Trenton,” before introducing Fulop.
“You know, the last year has been a journey and I’ve got to see a lot of different parts of New Jersey and balancing that with the great things here in Jersey City,” Fulop said.
“I just want to say to the elected officials in this room that I couldn’t be more proud be here in Hudson County. I mean this place is a special place: the camaraderie here, the friendship here, is second to none to the entire State of New Jersey,” adding that he believes he second term as mayor will be even better than his first.
In late September, Fulop shocked the New Jersey political world by endorsing Murphy for governor and announcing he would seek re-election in 2017.
To conclude the program, Prieto presented Fulop with a plaque from the HCDO thanking him for this contributions to Jersey City.
Throughout her campaign, Clinton has been dogged by questions surrounding a private email serve she used while serving as U.S. Secretary of State.
Although the FBI closed that investigation in July, agency Director James Comey said last week that emails that “appear to be pertinent” to that case were found while investigating an unrelated case into former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (h/t NBC News).
Weiner is being investigated for allegedly sexting with a 15-year-old girl and he is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide for years.
Clinton has called all the FBI to release all the emails pertinent to the investigation that were discovered just days before Election Day, while Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has praised the FBI for doing the right thing.