Jersey City Council-at-Large hopeful Gadsden, Ward B challenger Brooks, trade endorsements


Jersey City Council-at-Large candidate Chris Gadsden and Ward B challenger Joel Brooks are trading endorsements in the non-partisan November 2nd municipal elections.

Jersey Council-at-Large candidate Chris Gadsden and Ward B challenger Joel Brooks. Photos courtesy of the Brooks campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m with Joel 100%. I live here in Ward B – and I have seen our communities not get the attention they need from City Hall over the past four years. I know Joel – he’s a fighter, he’s a leader, and I know he has what it takes to deliver a west side for all,” Gadsden, a former Ward B councilman who still lives on the west side, said in a statement.

“On the City Council, we will stand up to deliver renovated schools, affordable housing, and accountable leadership for the west side. I am going to be voting 3C on my ballot for Joel Brooks.”

Gadsden is bracketed with Elvin Dominici and June Jones, who are facing a trio backed by Mayor Steven Fulop: Council President Joyce Watterman, Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera, and Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise.

Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro, who has also traded endorsements with Brooks, is also seeking re-election indepedent of a slate.

“Chris Gadsden is the independent leader the West Side needs. From his work in the community ensuring our kids get a good education, to his fight ensuring that everyone is tested equitably in Jersey City, to his work at City Hall, Chris has always been a Progressive and independent leader,” added Brooks.

“We can’t afford four more years of a rubber stamp city council. I will be voting for Chris early on ballot line 5B, and I encourage everyone to do the same.”

Brooks is in a head-to-head contest with Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, who is running on Team Fulop as she did in 2017 when she defeated Gadsden in a December runoff.

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