Hotel Trades Council backs Team Fulop in Jersey City

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The Hotel Trades Council is throwing their unabashed support behind Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and his council slate for the November 2nd municipal elections.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The HTC, which represents 40,000 hotel and restaurant employees and has nearly 1,000 members in Jersey City, worked with Fulop in 2019 to win a major ballot referendum that placed regulations onto Airbnb’s operations in the city.

“Mayor Fulop has demonstrated throughout his career in public service that he is a true champion for working families who can be counted on to stand up for organized labor and the values we share,” said HTC President Rich Maroko.

“He has been a leader on so many progressive issues that are vitally important to the labor movement, from guaranteeing earned sick leave to fighting for a $15 minimum wage to ensuring equitable development that creates economic opportunities for local communities, and we are proud to be the first labor union to endorse Mayor Fulop’s campaign.”

Team Fulop previously garnered support from U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), as well as many of the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus.

The mayor is running for his third term alongside Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson, as well as Council at-Large candidate Amy DeGise – the HCDO chair.

The final member of Team Fulop, their Ward E candidate to challenge Councilman James Solomon, will be announced soon.

“Partnering with the Hotel Trades Council and other labor unions to fight for bold, progressive action to help working families has been one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences I have had as Mayor of Jersey City,” added Fulop.

“I thank HTC for their continued support and look forward to continuing to work with them to build an even better future for our city.”