Republican District 31 Assembly nominee Matthew Kopko is going after Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey (D) for the recent controversy surrounding the new prisoner re-entry center at the Sacred Heart Church ministry.Â
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McGreevey, who earns $110,000 a year as the executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, had a rough night on Wednesday when he was unceremoniously ejected from a community meeting regarding a new prisoner re-entry center on Bayview Ave.
While he apologized to community members and leaders the next night for not doing a better job or letting residents know about the new center, which is scheduled to open in October, Kopko felt it was merely an attempt to save face, blasting Fulop for not bothering to show up himself.
“I was shocked when I got to the meeting to find that Mayor Fulop was a no show, nowhere to be found at the meeting, perhaps because heâ€™s more interested in running for governor than attending to the best interests of Jersey City residents,” Kopko said in a statement.
“Instead he sent in former Governor McGreevey to fall on his sword with a pathetic display of crying to those in attendance. I was there and proud to be there. It was Mayor Fulop who, as the leader of Jersey City, made the final decision on the placement of this program, and it was Mayor Fulop, who, through his office. sent out a request for proposal, RFP, for the program and didnâ€™t include several existing re-entry programs.â€
â€œBut the crux of the problem is that Mayor Fulop chose to place the program right smack next to a school, and parents with children at that school have every reason to be concerned.â€
Ward F residents continued to protest the new prisoner re-entry center – which is in close proximity to a school – on Friday (h/t The Jersey Journal), and another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, August 10, at the Sacred Heart Church at 183 Bayview Ave., at 7 p.m.
Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill did not return an email seeking comment yesterday.