Newly elected Jersey City Ward B Councilman Chris Gadsden is excited to get to work after being formally sworn in on Monday.
“I just want to residents to expect a sense of advocacy, just expect us working together, just us being collaborative, and for us really being a community down there at Ward B,” Gadsden told Hudson County View.
“I’m excited to be Ward B’s advocate,” he added.
Some of the first things he will be working on would be the appearance of West Side and it’s “cleanliness,” as well as getting schools to open up to kids during the winter months to “get them off the streets.”
“Our kids are dormant right now. I’m going to work with the freeholders. I’m going to work with the city. I’m going to work with the schools, so we can get the schools open up so we can give the kids something to do,” explained the Lincoln High School vice principal.
Gadsden also talked about the speeding problem and pedestrian safety on “major throughways” especially on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, intending to work on bringing an increased police presence to area.
He was victorious over LeKendrick Shaw, founder of Metro Capz, and the Jersey City Democratic Organization’s pick, John Hallanan, the incumbent who replaced Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal this past June.
Calling it “a lifelong yearning and passion” after losing the 2013 council race to Ramchal, Gadsden concluded “I’m just encouraged” by his now role in the city, which he believes now makes him a “servant inside the community.”