Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop banked $150,000 at a fundraiser at Surf City yesterday, bringing his team’s overall cash on hand up to $1.4 million, his campaign said this morning.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Our team has been steadily raising money to prepare for next year’s campaign, and after this most recent event, we’re very confident that we will have the resources needed to get our message out and run a strong operation across all six wards and in all neighborhoods of our city,” Fulop said in a statement.
“We’re very proud of our record and want to continue seeing our city move forward and complete the many exciting projects we’ve begun that are improving quality of life, bringing more jobs and opportunities to our residents and setting Jersey City on a path towards becoming the best mid-sized city in America. I’m looking forward to next year’s race and to an even brighter future for Jersey City.”
According to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission on July 17th, Fulop’s mayoral account has $995,303.61, with the Team Fulop account good for $234,619.43.
Back in February, the mayor announced that Council members Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Jermaine Robinson, Joyce Watterman, and Daniel Rivera will run with his again next year.
Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh faces a special election to maintain his seat on November 3rd, but if he is successful, it’s a foregone conclusion he will join the slate.
While he has not made any commitments yet regarding 2021, Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano was in attendance yesterday.
Therefore, the only incumbents who to have ruled out running with Fulop are Ward E Councilman James Solomon, who told us as much last month, at Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro, an often rumored mayoral challenger.
About 13 months out, not one has thrown down a formal challenge against Fulop, though Robert Menendez, Jr., the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), has also emerged as a potential opponent in recent weeks.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Assembly members Angela McKnight, Raj Mukherji and Nick Chiaravalloti, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado, Hudson County Register Diane Coleman, Freeholders Jerry Walker (D-3), Anthony Romano (D-5) and Kenny Kopacz (D-1), Democratic Freeholder nominee Yraida Aponte-Lipski, and Jersey City Democratic Organization Chair Barbara Stamato, among many others, the Fulop campaign said.