ELEC: Fulop has raised over $1.2M for 2021 re-election bid, has nearly $950k cash on hand

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Despite talks swirling of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop heading for greener pastures before the November 2021 mayoral contest, he certainly appears poised to seek a third term by having already raised over $1.2 million with nearly $950,000 cash on hand.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Fulop has raised about $1,200,302 to date with well over two years to spare before the next Jersey City municipal elections, with roughly $255,178 raised this quarter, according to a July 15th report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The significant portion of those contributions came from Jersey City residents and government employees, though a select few donations were from as far away as Chicago and Los Angeles.

Despite talks swirling of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop heading for greener pastures before the November 2021 mayoral contest, he certainly appears poised to seek a third term by having already raised over $1.2 million with nearly $950,000 cash on hand.

“We’re in a much better place than we were two years ago in 2017 and we’re fully focused on getting re-elected in 2021 and the early support speaks to that,” Fulop said over the phone this morning.

Mostly devoid from the list of supporters are other politicians or entities, with the exception of the re-election campaign of Elizabeth Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) donating $1,000 on June 11th and Passaic County operative Keith Furlong.

Furlong, the husband of Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, also gave $1,000 to Fulop’s re-election bid on June 17th.

The Jersey City mayor cruised to re-election in 2017, garnering a whopping 78 percent of the vote in a head-to-head contest with former city Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis.

Council President Rolando Lavarro, who called for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate Fulop after Bloomberg reported on potential conflicts of interest related to his home renovations, has been rumored to be the most likely challenger for the incumbent – for now.

However, given that the race is still 28 months away, it will probably be quite some time before any challenger formally declares that they’re ready to go toe-to-toe with Fulop.

Furthermore, according to ELEC rules, municipal candidates in New Jersey aren’t required to file quarterly reports unless they have declared more than five months prior to the date of the 29-day pre-election report.

Councilwomen Denise Ridley and Mira Prinz-Arey both filed for re-election in May, while Ward E Councilman James Solomon filed in April.

Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano filed with ELEC on July 15th and reports $15,452 on hand. Meanwhile, Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, another potential mayoral candidate, boasts a war chest of $31,959, per a July 12th ELEC filing.

As for the three at-large council members, Daniel Rivera and Lavarro haven’t filed this year, while Joyce Watterman reports just $1,936 on hand as of July 17th.

4 COMMENTS

  1. You didn’t ask Fulop about his Rhode Island Mansion?
    Where is Fulop getting all his cash?

    Developer’s puppet Fulop!

  2. Fulop has lenders and developers/ construction management that benefit from city deposits and approvals working on his beachfront compound and his heights victorian. All while denying non connected developers from building while his friends get skyscrapers approved with no objections.
    Recently his wife testified she wants to raise her family in Rhode Island… Hmmmm? Whot!?
    Is this why?

    https://www.realjerseycity.com/fulops-have-at-least-1-5-million-of-debt-with-bcb-community-bank-on-jersey-city-rhode-island-properties/

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