Jersey City Ward E Councilman Solomon raises $86k from over 1,000 different donors

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Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon had a big fundraising total for the first quarter of 2021, receiving $86,276 from 1,016 different donors, according to a report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) yesterday.

Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

His median donation is $50 and at least 654 donors, or around 64 percent, live in Jersey City. Donors from outside the tri-state area include Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; and even Shanghai, China.

Solomon has also kept his expenses relatively low in the early stages of his re-election campaign, with about $90,879 cash on hand, the report shows.

“Thank you to all of the grassroots supporters who have donated to my re-election campaign!,” the downtown councilman tweeted this afternoon.”

“It is because of you that I am able to remain independent and put the interests of downtown residents over those of the Political Machine and their special interest donors.”

As he did in 2017, Solomon is running as an independent and has a declared challenger in Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, who is running on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket.

NJ ELEC reports for the first quarter, January 1st through March 1st, are expected to be made public by the agency next week.