Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-16) is endorsing Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for governor and is also joining his policy team.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Jaffer became one of the state’s first two Muslim legislators in 2022 and is the first state legislator outside of Hudson County to express support for Fulop’s gubernatorial run, as well as its first endorser from Somerset County. She is not seeking re-election this year.
“As someone who believes that our state needs bold, systemic change in order to deliver the kind of progress that working families deserve, I’m proud not only to announce my support for Mayor Fulop but also to join the exceptional members of his policy team and help shape his agenda,” Jaffer said in a statement.
“I served as a Mayor and that experience gives me immense respect for the positive change that Mayor Fulop has brought to Jersey City. I know that he has the experience and the progressive values we need in our next Governor.”
Jaffer is also a former mayor of Montgomery Township, where she became the first South Asian woman to serve as mayor in New Jersey and the first Muslim woman to be elected mayor in the entire country.
Additionally, she is a research scholar and lecturer at Princeton University who has a strong progressive base.
“It’s a true honor to have Assemblywoman Jaffer’s support in this campaign as well as the tremendous value she will bring to our team in helping shape the policy positions that we believe will one day improve the daily lives of millions of New Jersey residents,” added Fulop, the only declared candidate for governor thus far.
“The Muslim community in Jersey City was one of the first local groups that rallied behind my first campaign for Mayor in 2013 and I have always valued the relationships we’ve built with leaders across the state, so having Sadaf join our campaign is a thrill.”
Jaffer will work alongside leaders like Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, South Orange Mayor Sheena Collum, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach and others to shape the campaign’s policy agenda.
Other major endorsements for the Fulop for governor campaign include its Co-Chair Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr., Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, Burlington City Mayor Barry Conaway, Mount Holly Mayor Chris Banks, Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman Anthony Vainieri, and Warren County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Palmieri.
Other potential Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls include U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) and Mike Sherrill (D-11), as well as Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19), and former state Senate President Steve Sweeney.