Jersey City Ward C council candidate Kevin Bing is going on offense against Councilman Rich Boggiano over a $500 donation to a Republican pro-Trump U.S. Senate candidate, who the incumbent defended and said is his cousin.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Bing took aim at Boggiano for a $500 contribution to James DeMartino, who lost in the Delaware GOP U.S. Senate primary by a margin of about 57-43.
“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership we have obliterated the ISIS Caliphate and kept the nuclear threat of Iran at bay,” DeMartino’s campaign website says.
“Now Jim recognizes the existential domestic threat of radical Democratic Socialists.
President Trump needs reinforcements: It’s time to send in the Marine!”
Between this and Boggiano abstaining on a city council resolution denouncing the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Bing said he would’ve asked his opponent if he regretted being sympathetic towards Trump and his supporters at last night’s debate.
“Residents of Jersey City are led to believe that Councilman Boggiano’s actions are motivated by sympathy towards the former president,” Whether it’s a direct assault on democracy or his heinous comments about Muslim residents of Jersey City in wake of the 9/11 attacks, Donald Trump does not represent the values of Ward C.
Hudson Media Group has hosted three council debates for Ward A, B, and C this election cycle and yesterday’s affair, the first one with three candidates, ran out of time before the candidates could ask each other questions – as they did in A and B.
In response, Boggiano said over the phone today that DeMartino is his cousin and that he would never turn his back on family.
“That’s my first cousin, he’s a former Marine, and a damn good person … I’d support him no matter what,” he exclaimed, continuing that he did not regret his abstention.
“I’m concerned about the issues here in Jersey City, I’m not going to get involved in that – it’s none of our business. President Biden said the same thing as I did.”
While Biden did not staunchly push for Trump’s impeachment in the final days of his term, he said after his acquittal that “violence and extremism have no place in America” and that “the substance of the charge is not in dispute.”
The non-partisan Jersey City municipal elections are on November 2nd, with attorney Tom Zuppa also running against Bing and Boggiano in the Ward C council race.