Appearing poised for a statewide run for office at a packed fundraiser last night, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said “we are leading every single economic metric in the State of New Jersey.”
“I’ve seen what Mayor Fulop and this city council has done through the years, and you know what, when people say he’s not doing the right thing, the majority of the people here in Jersey City and around the state know that Jersey City is the envy of New Jersey: across the state!,” exclaimed Ray Greaves.
Greaves is a former Bayonne councilman and board of education member who currently serves as the chairman of New Jersey Amalgamated Transit Union State Council and was also born and raised in the heights.
Fulop, a rumored Democratic gubernatorial candidate for months who has previously said he will not decide whether or not he will enter the race until December, seemed like he was ready and raring to go as he touted the city’s accomplishments since he took office in 2013.
“It’s been a short three years and I think collectively, we’ve done a lot here in Jersey City, a lot to be proud of,” Fulop said in front of hundreds of supporters at Biergarten.
“A lot of people talk about the whole skyline changing and development and growth and we are leading Jersey City or the State of New Jersey on every single economic metric that there is and we’re blessed to have a team who does that.”
Fulop, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, said “the project that I’m most proud of” is the initiative to “eradicate homeless veterans.”
The former Jersey City Ward E councilman has been bullish about expanding veterans housing on many occasions, including during his third State of the City address in March.
“We live in a special place and I think over the last three years we’ve really tried to embody that we’re not leaving anybody behind. I mean that’s part of my Marine Corps belief and I think it’s really part of the Jersey City community belief,” Fulop added.
“Whether it’s advocating on a minimum wage front, whether it’s transgender care, you name it, we are at the forefront of progressive issues. But at the same time we are doing that, also as I said, leading every single economic metric in the State of New Jersey.”
Should he enter the gubernatorial fray as expected, Fulop’s main adversaries will likely be state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy – the only declared candidate so far.
Also worth noting is that during the event, around 8 p.m., a Black Lives matter anti-violence protest briefly made their way past the venue.
“Hand up! Don’t Shoot!” was one chant heard from the two dozen or so protesters, who were asked to leave by Jersey City police after just a few minutes since the group was on private property.
The march also marched passed City Hall and a city spokeswoman did not return an email seeking comment on the situation.
Those in attendance at the fundraiser included Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jersey City Ward B Councilman John Hallanan, Jersey City Councilwoman-at-Large Joyce Watterman, Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2), Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), West New York Board of Education Trustee Steven Rodas, North Hudson Sewerage Authority Commissioner Tony Soares, former Jersey City Councilmen Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal and Phil Kenny – among many more.