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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, left, with Sudhan Thomas who's accused of accepting cash bribes. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, left, with Sudhan Thomas who's accused of accepting cash bribes. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Sudhan Thomas gets crushed in Jersey City school race

Fulop ally loses bid for re-election

By David Wildstein, November 06 2019 12:41 am

Embattled Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas, a close ally of Mayor Steven Fulop, lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday.

Thomas stepped down from his post as head of the Jersey City Employment Training Program amidst allegations that he set up a shadowy checking account and then wrote $16,600 worth of checks made out to cash and then cashed them himself.

A slate backed by the local teachers union won three of the five school board seats up this year after an expensive fight with a super PAC affiliated with a major real estate developer, The Lefrak Organization.

Incumbents Gerald Lyons, Gina Verdibello, and Lekendrick Shaw were re-elected.

Noemi Vasquez and Alexander Hamilton defeated Thomas and Darwin Ona.

Thomas lost by 1,477 votes.

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3 thoughts on “Sudhan Thomas gets crushed in Jersey City school race

  1. Why is Fullop associating with these types? There is an FBI investigation on the agency this guy ran briefly before resigning.

  2. Now, Fulop wants to take control of the school board as he longer has Thomas running the board. He want to eliminate voting for board members and instead HE would choose who sits on the board. Thomas was his eyes and ears and from what has been said may have also gotten some contracts for political affiliates. Since Thomas is gone and Fulop no longer has a spy running the board he wants to take it over. What means is he will control the decisions of the school board which will lead to them making decisions at his sole instructions. He will have them approving contracts for his donors and friends. He will have them approving the sale of public school property for development. And all the while accepting donations from those same benefactors of his generous giveaway of JCPS assets.

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