Charlie and Jared Kushner, the latter now the senior advisor to President Donald Trump (R), were involved with a $100,000 donation to an entity that supported Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s expected gubernatorial run as they negotiated city deals, according to a report by Bloomberg.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
According to a profile of the Kushners the publication released early this morning, the father-son duo, along with KABR Group, made a $100,000 contribution to Progressive New Jersey Inc. The report cited two anonymous sources within the organization.
The non-profit entity made a $400,000 donation to Coalition for Progress, a super PAC linked to Fulop’s expected gubernatorial run, back in September 14, 2015, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.
However, that donation was refunded on May 6 of last year after the group began to be scrutinized by members of the media and the public over a lack of transparency.
Bloomberg also states that the donation “came as Fulop administration has been negotiating possible subsidies for the Kushner projects.”
A city spokeswoman responded that the Kushners had never financially supported Fulop and they were unaware that they donated to Progressive New Jersey, adding that any requests for tax abatements or bond subsidies will be in accordance to city policy.
As Hudson County View first reported back in March, Progressive New Jersey Inc. had ties to now-U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) and to ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey (D), who now runs the Jersey City Employment and Training Program.
While McGreevey was governor in 2003, he appointed Charles Kushner as a commissioner to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, though he resigned shortly thereafter due to conflicts of interest (h/t The New York Times).
Despite at one point being considered a Democratic frontrunner, Fulop shocked political observers by endorsing Phil Murphy for governor and announcing he would seek re-election in September.