Jersey City Councilmen Boggiano, Yun seeking re-election as independents


After mulling over joining Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s re-election ticket, Councilmen Rich Boggiano and Michael Yun have decided to remain independent. Boggiano-Yun

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m an independent person, I could’ve run with him (Fulop), but I’d rather stay independent and stay the way I am,” Boggiano told Hudson County View after writing a Facebook post announcing he would be running independently again.

At one point considering a run for mayor, Boggiano said he decided to seek re-election instead since he’d like to make sure the development coming to Journal Square is done properly.

“There’s a lot of development coming to Ward C and I want to see it done correctly, with the residents in mind. I don’t want to see Journal Square become Downtown. I want the people who live here to be involved what’s happening here in Journal Square.”

Despite the setback, Fulop campaign spokeswoman Hannah Peterson said that they still intend to run a full slate of candidates.

“Of course we will run a full slate of candidates covering every ward. While Rich and Councilman Yun were part of an overall series of meetings with potential candidates, they will not be on the slate,” she said via text message.

Yun could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fulop has already announced that Council members Rolando Lavarro, Daniel Rivera, Joyce Watterman and Candice Osborne will be running with him a second time.

As of today, the Fulop campaign still has to announce candidates in Wards A, B, C, D and F, though they have more than enough time since the election is not until November 7th.

The mayor is still expected to face challengers in the form of ex-Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis and former Assemblyman Charles Mainor.

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