O’Dea raises $230k in Q1, McGreevey boasts $500k, for Jersey City mayoral race


Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2) says he raised $230,000 in the first quarter of the year in his bid for Jersey City mayor, compared to about $500,000 for former Gov. Jim McGreevey, a race that is still 19 months away.

Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2) and former Gov. Jim McGreevey (D). Photos courtesy of HACA.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

That is about four times what he raised in the fourth quarter of last year, which was $59,254, and he now has about $650,000 cash on hand, including what was remaining in his county commissioner account.

“I’m ecstatic to see our campaign picking up this kind of traction and building serious momentum as we get closer to next year’s election for mayor,” O’Dea said in a statement.

“The people of Jersey City want a leader who will always stand up for them, not someone who takes orders from outside political bosses. That’s never been what I’m about, and I look forward to running a campaign that is powered by grassroots enthusiasm from Jersey City residents who want a better city for all of us.”

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey raised about $500,000 in the first quarter of 2024 and has raised roughly $1.4 million to date, The New Jersey Globe reported.

Campaign finance reports with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) likely won’t be available for about two weeks.

The other two declared candidates in the race are Council President Joyce Watterman and former Board of Education President Mussab Ali, who just filed a D-1 report with NJ ELEC and launched a campaign video and website today.

Watterman has not released any fundraising numbers for the first quarter of this year yet.

The non-partisan Jersey City mayoral race isn’t until November 4th, 2025.

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