Fulop scores endorsements for governor from 21 ex-mayors, including 3 predecessors


Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has scored endorsements for governor from 21 former mayors from 11 different counties, including his three predecessors.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We’ve built this campaign around grassroots support along with mayors who best understand what their communities and constituents need. Today’s announcement of endorsements from twenty-one respected former mayors continues that commitment,” Fulop said in a statement.

“I’m proud to have these distinguished public servants join our team, and it’s particularly satisfying to have the support of my three immediate predecessors in Jersey City who have seen the progress we’ve made here up close. I’m running for Governor to deliver on that same promise — to make the kinds of smart policy choices that create a better environment for families. Today is another step forward for our campaign.”

On the home front, Jerramiah Healy, the mayor Fulop unseated in 2013, L. Harvey Smith, and Brett Schundler, the Republican nominee for governor in 2001, joined the list of supporters, as did former Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith – who now works for Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

In Bergen County, the former mayors of Palisade Park, Maywood, Englewood, and Dumont are on board, specifically Chris Chung, Tim Eustace, a former assemblyman, Frank Huttle, and Andrew LaBruno, respectively.

LaBruno is also a former president of the Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association (PSOA).

Ex-top municipal elected officials from Orange, Bloomfield, Maplewood, and Keyport – Eldridge Hawkins, Raymond McCarthy, Frank McGehee, and Collette Kennedy, respectively – also signed off on support for Fulop’s 2025 bid for statewide office.

Former Westfield Mayor Tom Jardim and ex-Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco show the support from Union County, with Atlantic, Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Somerset, and Warren Counties all having one endorsement a piece.

Ex-Pleasantville, Willingboro, Flemington, Hopewell Township, Watchung, and Phillipsburg mayors, Jesse Tweedle, Jacqueline Jennings, Betsy Driver, Julie Blake, Keith Balla, and Stephen Ellis round out the list.

They join Fulop for governor campaign Co-Chair Marty Small, the Atlantic City mayor, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse, Teaneck Mayor Michael Pagan, Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, Mount Holly Mayor Chris Banks, Burlington City Mayor Barry Conaway, and High Bridge Mayor Michele Lee, among others, in backing the Jersey City mayor.

For the moment, Fulop and former state Senate President Steve Sweeney are the only two declared Democrats ahead of the June 3rd, 2025 primary for governor.

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  1. Johnny pay-to-play Allen owes his political career (couldn’t even win a council seat in Hoboken) to sugar daddy Ravi Bhalla. Why not come out in full support of his friend who gifted him an Assembly seat? I wonder how long Hudson Dems keep him around after Ravi gets crushed by Rob…