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Reports of Menendez, Fulop friendship hugely untrue

Local reporter also gets Pascrell primary story wrong

By David Wildstein, April 26 2019 5:37 pm

A Hudson Reporter story that U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop have “buried the hatchet” is not true, four Hudson County Democratic insiders told the New Jersey Globe, which sought to independently verify the report.

Al Sullivan’s version, attributed to “knowledgeable sources,” says that “while the two men will not likely ever become close friends, sources say that Fulop’s popularity in Jersey City is just too great an obstacle to maintain a political feud.”

“This shows just how much being the mayor of the soon-to-be most populated city in the state can help,” Sullivan wrote.

Any chance of Menendez forgiving Fulop ended when the mayor sat on his hands during the 2018 U.S. Senate race.   Fulop might want peace, but Globe sources suggest that Menendez has no interest.

In the same column, Sullivan said that Rep. Bill Pascrell is supporting the “New Green Deal” because he’s facing a primary challenge from Zina Spezakis, an environmental activist.

“Oddly enough, Spezakis hired Millennial Strategies, a New York-based political consulting firm, whose founders had close to ties to Pascrell in the past – making you wonder if the whole issue may be one of smoke and mirrors,” Sullivan said.

It’s possible that Sullivan did not independently verify the identity of Spezakis’ consultant.  The link between Spezakis and Millennial Strategies appeared only in the Globe, which was not credited as the source of Sullivan’s information.

Sullivan appears to be confusing Millennial Strategies, a Long Island-based political consulting firm that is working with Spezakis, with Millennium Strategies, a widely-known New Jersey firm run by Pascrell’s former chief of staff, Ed Farmer.

There chances of Farmer helping to organize a challenge to Pascrell in the Democratic primary is roughly the same as Menendez making peace with Fulop: zero.

Sullivan might also want to consult the patch made by Jersey City artist Amy Wilson, which memorializes comments made by Menendez and aimed toward Fulop: “To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you.”


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