LETTER: ‘I stand by my record of independent thinking,’ Bayonne assemblyman says


In a letter to the editor, Assemblyman Will Sampson (D-31) explains how he’s approaching the invitation from Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democratic candidate for governor, to run on his ticket during next year’s Democratic primary.

Dear Editor,

As the Assemblyman for New Jersey’s 31st District, I have always been committed to serving the best interests of my constituents with integrity, dedication, and loyalty.

Recently, I was asked by Mayor Steven Fulop’s invitation that he would love for me to join him on his primary ticket for Governor. This is a significant opportunity, and I am very appreciative of Mayor Fulop’s confidence in my abilities and leadership.

However, I believe in the importance of loyalty and respect in politics, especially towards those who have supported and trusted me throughout my career.

Mayor Jimmy Davis has been a crucial mentor and supporter, and it was only right to discuss such a major decision with him.

My commitment to my constituents, my colleagues, and my principles has always guided my actions. I make my decisions based on careful consideration and what I believe is best for our community.

The recent headlines suggesting that I “do whatever Jimmy Davis tells me to do” are a mischaracterization of my intentions and values. Seeking counsel from trusted advisors is a hallmark of responsible leadership, not a sign of weakness.

I stand by my record of independent thinking and decision-making. While I appreciate Mayor Fulop’s offer, I will always ensure that any decision I make is in the best interest of the people I serve.

I will continue to be a dedicated and principled representative for the 31st District, working tirelessly for the betterment of our community.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

In solidarity,

Assemblyman Sampson
Deputy Speaker
Chair Consumer Affairs
Vice Chair Labor

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