With nearly five months left before November’s municipal elections, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) helped fundraise for Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop at the Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in an unexpected team up.
Fulop and five of his city council candidates drew a crowd of about hundred, consisting of residents and elected officials alike, contributed to the progression of the 2017 campaign.
“On probably the hottest day of the year, you all found it not a robbery of your time to come and celebrate and join us to move Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket ahead,” said Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson, who owns the Light Rail Cafe.
“He has been really really helpful with the transition of being a small business owner to being city councilman representing, not only the City of Jersey City, but the place that I like to call home and that’s Ward F.”
Fulop also stressed the significance of development within neighborhoods outside of Downtown Jersey City, along with stabilizing taxes, improving the city’s school systems, and hiring more police officers.
The local November elections are monumentally important for the mayor’s team, according to Fulop, who took note on the country’s mind-blowing presidential election last November.
“We do have a lot to do, and I hope you don’t take anything for granted come November. I could certainly say from my standpoint, and I would bet from many of your standpoints, that November of last year, if I asked you ‘Who would be the president today,’ you would say we would’ve had President Clinton and that’s surely not the case today,” said Fulop.
The incumbent also introduced a Gusciora, an openly gay advocate of the LGBT community, as his surprise guest, who Fulop also called “a big supporter of Jersey City.”
“There’s a lot of things that happen in Trenton that target Jersey City. Target what we’re trying to do over here, that don’t reflect the entire challenges we have here in Jersey City. We need really strong voices that understand what urban areas are about to really express what we need in Trenton, what are challenges are and how to move us forward.”
Gusciora echoed those sentiments, talking about how urban leaders need to stick together in this state.
“When the mayor would travel around the state, he really talks about the urban areas of the state and how they’ve been left in the dust – particularly by this administration – so we have to do it all alone. We have to stick together and try to get our piece of the pie,” he said.
Council President Rolando Lavarro, Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera, and Ward A Committeewoman Denise Ridley (the ticket’s Ward A candidate), also spoke at the event.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31), Freeholder/County Clerk candidate E. Junior Maldonado (D-4), Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Vidya Gangadin and newly elected Jersey City Democratic Organization Chair Barbara McCann Stamato.
A fundraiser with a more intimate setting is scheduled for June 16th, with a minimum contribution of suggested $250 a ticket.
A ticket support by Fulop’s chief opposition in the race, Bill Matsikoudis, will also be hosting a fundraiser in the next week.