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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. (Photo: Steven Fulop).

Fulop helped Roselle councilwoman win Dem primary

Super PAC tied to Jersey City mayor played in Denise Wilkerson’s re-election bid

By David Wildstein, June 16 2022 10:22 am

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, viewed as a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2025, is continuing to dabble in Union County elections.

A super PAC aligned with him, Coalition for Progress, paid for two mailers in the recent Democratic primary in support of Denise Wilkerson, the Roselle Council President.

“Coalition for Progress supports Democratic candidates who share our vision of fighting for the middle class, and we were proud to promote a true champion for those values in Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson,” said Drew Nussbaum, the PAC chairman.  “We look forward to broadening our engagement in races throughout the state to help move New Jersey forward.”

Last December, the Fulop group helped a slate of council candidates allied with Hillside Mayor Dahlia win a runoff election against a slate that had run on the Union County Democratic organization line,

Work in Hillside and Roselle marks a resurgence of the super PAC, which was created in anticipation of a Fulop for Governor campaign in 2017.

Neither municipality is large or powerful, but Fulop has now backed two Black women seeking local office in Black-majority towns.

Coalition for Progress had $5,147,078 cash-on-hand as of the end of March, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Wilkerson defeated challenger Brandis Puryear, a controversial Irvington police detective, by a 63%-37% margin in the June 7 Democratic primary.  She was on the organization line this year, but she won off the line in 2019 by twelve points on a slate headed by then-Mayor Christine Dansereau.

The super PAC was not involved in the Ward 4 council primary, where Cindy Thomas defeated Travis Amaker by 79 votes, 273 to 194.   The son of former Roselle Mayor Garret Smith, Amaker was formerly employed by the Jersey City Public Works Department and the Board of Education.

The Union County Democratic Chairman, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, is also a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2025.

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