Jersey City Councilman Richard Boggiano was re-elected to a third term on Tuesday, defeating Kevin Bing in a runoff election for the city’s Ward C council seat by a hefty 18-point margin.
The colorful Boggiano leads Bing by 531 votes, 1,725 to 1,194, 59%-41%.
The win – the only runoff in Jersey City this year – will give Mayor Steven Fulop a 7-2 majority on the city council next year. While Boggiano had been a thorn in the mayor’s side for the last eight years, he ran with Fulop in the November 2 election.
Voter turnout was about 12.6%.
Boggiano was the top vote-getter with 2,385 votes (44.7%) in last month’s election. Bing, a former Journal Square Community Association president, received 1,473 (29.7%), and Tom Zuppa finished third with 1,309 (26.4%). Zuppa has endorsed Boggiano.
A Jersey City police officer for 37 years, this is Boggiano’s third runoff. He won 56% against incumbent Nidia Lopez in 2013, and 60% against John Hanussak in 2017 after leading 43%-28% on Election Day.