Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has about three-and-a-half times more cash on hand than challenger Bill Matsikoudis, with tallies of $574,315 to $156,869, according to the 29-day pre-election reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Notable contributors to the incumbent include a $500 donation from Grillo for Council on September 7th, a $2,600 check from the Local 6 Committee on Political Education on the same day and the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters chipped in $8,200 on September 29th, according to an October 10th filing by the Fulop for Mayor 2017 account.
Nick Grillo is one of five candidates running for council in Ward E, a seat that Fulop occupied before becoming mayor. He is not running a Ward E candidate on his ticket this time around.
Also noteworthy is a $1,000 contribution from Javier Barrios, the managing partner of Good Energy, received on September 7th.
Good Energy is the consulting company at the center of an alleged bid rigging scheme that has been in the news cycle regularly in recent weeks.
Back in 2014, two City Hall employees accidentally left a recording on another worker’s voicemail while discussing how they could get Good Energy awarded a consulting contract.
At a mayoral debate on Saturday, Fulop reiterated that he cancelled the bid and alerted the authorities, questioning why this information, which is three years old, has suddenly become relevant weeks before the November 7th election.
Information of the tape recording came to light in court depositions that are part of a discrimination case filed by a City Hall employee in late 2015.
In the Team Fulop 2017 filing from October 10th, Alex Mendez for Mayor contributed $500 on September 7th, the Local 6 Committee on Political Education Committee threw in another $18,200 on September 25th and Local Union 164 IBEW donated $40,000 on September 26th.
Alex Mendez is one of many candidates looking to succeed Joey Torres in Paterson, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges last month (h/t Asbury Park Press).
Additionally, board of education candidate David Miranda donated $2,000 September 7th, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters dropped a hefty $63,100 check on September 29th, with Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 25 contributing $25,000 in two installments: one for $5,000 on September 21st and one for $20,000 on September 29th.
Meanwhile, the Matsikoudis for Mayor filing from October 10th shows mostly modest donations from local residents, the Greek community and small businesses, including a $275 donation from Civic JC co-founder Aaron Morrill on August 7th.
The most significant contribution was $13,000 check from the Team Matsikoudis account on September 15th.
As for the Team Matsikoudis filing from October 10th, Ward F council candidate Yolanda Dortch-Amiker chipped in $700 on July 1st, $425 on August 17th, then another $700 on September 19th.
Dr. Michael Winds, a council-at-large candidate, added $275 on August 7th, then another $50 on September 15th.
Another at-large hopeful, Esmeralda Trinidad, invested $433.33, and Board of Education Trustee donated $200 via several small donations over the span of a few months.
Additionally, Carmen Vega, Matsikoudis’ Ward D council candidate, added $300 to the account on October 4th. And over the course of several months, Ward E candidate Jake Hudnut loaned the campaign $2,841.57.
The Jersey City municipal elections are on November 7th.