Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop submitted more than 6,000 nominating petitions today in his bid for re-election to a third term, far surpassing the minimum of 1,650 signatures and all but assuring his place on the November ballot.
“Jersey City residents recognize the progress our community has made over the past eight years and support our vision of continuing the work to make it the best midsize city in America,” Fulop said in a statement. “It’s an honor to serve as Mayor and I promise to continue working as hard as I can to lead Jersey City forward.”
Fulop faces a challenge from Lewis Spears, who is running to the mayor’s left and is part of a broader slate of city candidates seeking to put more progressives in office. City Councilman at-Large Rolando Lavarro had been considering a campaign against Fulop until yesterday, when he officially announced he would be running for re-election instead.
Fulop has assembled his own slate of City Council candidates, among them Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise – who is running for Lavarro’s at-large seat alongside two Fulop-backed incumbents – and Jake Hudnut, who is challenging Ward E Councilman James Solomon.