Hudson County Commissioner O’Dea to kick off bid for Jersey City mayor on Nov. 18


Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2) will kick off his bid for Jersey City mayor, a race that’s still two years away, on November 18th, he wrote on social media this morning.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Please join us on Saturday, November 18th at 10am as we make a very important announcement. 📣 Our city. Our choice,” O’Dea wrote to accompany a graphic that says “Bill O’Dea for Jersey City mayor.”

The announcement will be held at The View, located at 201 Lincoln Park.

At a fundraiser in September, O’Dea, who is running for county commissioner unopposed tomorrow, said he was looking for a “crushing victory” for Column A, as well as that “the future is 2025,” hinting that a mayoral announcement was near.

O’Dea has been involved in Jersey City politics for nearly 40 years, winning his first election back in 1985, becoming the Ward B councilman at 26 years old.

He will be the second mayoral candidate to jump into the non-partisan November 4th, 2025 contest, following former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who is filed his preliminary paperwork with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) on Halloween.

Also a former state senator, assemblyman, and mayor of Woodbridge, McGreevey is kicking off his campaign on Thursday morning at El Sabor Del Cafe Restaurant.

O’Dea has $450,312.85 cash on hand as of October 27th, according to the ELEC report he filed that day.

With Mayor Steven Fulop running for governor instead of seeking a fourth term in 2025, the field is expected to get crowded.

Other potential candidates include Council President Joyce Watterman and Ward E Councilman James Solomon, with Hudson County Commissioner Jerry Walker (D-3), who ran in 2013, and former Board of Education President Mussab Ali also rumored to have an early interest.

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