Team Fulop re-election efforts have $1.4M in the bank, no new potential challenger filings

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The re-election efforts of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and his council slate have $1,418,557 cash on hand between their two respective accounts, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to a January 19th ELEC filing, the mayor’s account has a balance of around $993,591.

Fulop is seeking a third term in November and announced he’d be running again at a fundraiser back in February.

Additionally, Team Fulop, which includes Council members Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh, Jermaine Robinson, Daniel Rivera, Joyce Watterman, and Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise, has $424,966 on hand, according to a separate filing from the same day.

Notable contributors to the joint fund include Jersey City Democratic Organization Chair Barbara Stamato, who donated $500 on October 6th, Assembly members Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji, who gave $2,000 and $1,250, respectively, on October 7th.

Stamato and DeGise received a letter from seven Democratic committee members this week against to halt fundraising for Boggiano after he abstained on a vote last week relating to former President Donald Trump (R) and the January 6th insurrection.

Additionally, the New Jersey Education Association’s Political Action Committee also gave $625 on October 16th.

While Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro and attorney Rob Menendez, Jr., the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, have expressed in interest in challenging Fulop, neither has a opened an ELEC account as of this morning.

Lavarro, a councilman since 2012, hasn’t filed a new report since October 2019, according to ELEC’s online database.

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