Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has secured the support of his counterparts from Trenton, Garwood, and Lambertville in his Democratic bid for governor in 2025.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Mayors have a unique understanding of the challenges that New Jersey faces so I’m honored to have their support early,” Fulop began in a statement.
“We’re continuing to build out a diverse coalition of support from all corners of New Jersey with a common goal of delivering progress for the people of New Jersey.”
Reed Gusciora served 12 terms in the state Assembly, for a while being the openly gay member of the legislature, before successfully getting elected to mayor of New Jersey’s capital city in 2018.
He and Fulop have been political allies for years, with Gusciora headlining an event for the Jersey City mayor’s re-election back on June 13th, 2017.
The Coalition for Progress, a super PAC aligned with Fulop, spent $50,000 on campaign literature for Gusciora’s successful re-election last fall.
“New Jersey needs a bold leader who understands municipal government and there is no one better equipped for the job than Steve Fulop,” asserted Gusciora.
“The progress that Mayor Fulop has brought to Jersey City is undeniable, and he’s creating a set of policy initiatives that can help bring new life to communities across New Jersey by improving public transit, creating good jobs and economic opportunities, improving schools and more. I’m ecstatic to join Team Fulop today and I look forward to working closely with Steve as our next Governor to continue revitalizing the City of Trenton.”
Additionally, Lambertville Mayor Andrew Nowick is the third mayor from Hunterdon County to endorse Fulop, following Janice Kovach of Clinton and Michele Lee of High Bridge.
“Mayor Fulop’s vision for New Jersey is to build a place where every community is given the resources and support needed from our state government to thrive, and it’s something that I’m proud to support,” added Nowick.
“Lambertville residents take public policy seriously and I’m certain that they will respond well to Mayor Fulop’s record of success and the ideas on which his campaign will be based.”
Finally, Garwood Mayor Jen Blumenstock, who was elected last year, is the fourth Union County mayor to back Team Fulop. Shelley Brindle of Westfield, Nora Radest of Summit and Dalia Vertreese of Hillside all came out as early supporters.
“I’m excited to join so many colleagues who work hard every day to lead our local communities forward in endorsing Steve Fulop for Governor,” Blumenstock said.
“Steve’s commitment to public service, his excellent record as a mayor and his bold vision for New Jersey are all compelling reasons to get behind his campaign and help send him to Trenton.”
Fulop, who has raised a cumulative $13 million for his bid for the state’s highest elected office thus far, has received endorsements from 12 mayors since announcing his candidacy in April.