Jersey City Mayor Fulop nabs re-election endorsement from AFSCME

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has nabbed another endorsement for his re-election bid, this time from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Steven Fulop

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am incredibly thankful to the members of AFSCME for their support,” Fulop said in a statement.

“Our administration and these hard working union members share the same values and act as partners in driving our community forward. Just as AFSCME is supportive, we look forward to championing their mission in Jersey City.”

The trades union is the largest public employees union in the nation, with 22,000 members in New Jersey, including 2,300 that reside in Jersey City, his campaign said.

“We endorsed Mayor Fulop because he fights for working people,” added AFSCME Area Field Services Director Steve Tully. “He understands and respects the value of the work that AFSCME members and all public employees do on behalf of the people of Jersey City.”

“And, while Mayor Fulop has been a strong supporter of organized labor, he has also stood up for workers who don’t have a voice. He has fought for the working people of Jersey City these last four years by championing progressive causes like the $15 minimum wage and earned paid sick leave.” members and the working people of Jersey City, and we are proud to stand with him.”

Fulop is the heavy favorite heading into the November 7th mayor’s race, with only Bill Matsikoudis, former city corporation counsel, stepping up to challenge him.

The incumbent has had no problem corralling support from the Hudson County Democratic Organization and also received an endorsement from the Amalgamated Transit Union in March.