Mayor Steven Fulop has almost $1.4 million cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek re-election to a third term next year.
Fulop’s warchest includes his own campaign and joint campaign accounts with his council team, but doesn’t include the Coalition for Progress, a super PAC some of his allies formed three years ago when he was mulling a statewide bid.
Coalition for Progress had $3,119,430 in the bank in July, according to a quarterly report filed by the Federal Election Commission.
Fulop brought in $150,000 last night at an outdoor fundraiser attended by six city councilmembers, legislators and county elected officials.
Rob Menendez, Jr., a Jersey City attorney and son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, refused to rule out the possibility that he would run against Fulop next year in an interview with the Jersey Journal.
Among the Democrats attending the Fulop fundraiser Tuesday night were Assembly Majority Whip Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne), a former top aide to Senator Menendez, and Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, another Menendez ally.
“Our team has been steadily raising money to prepare for next year’s campaign, and after this most recent event we’re very confident that we will have the resources needed to get our message out and run a strong operation across all six wards and in all neighborhoods of our city,” Fulop said. “I’m looking forward to next year’s race and to an even brighter future for Jersey City.”
Fulop said he was proud of his record during his seven years as mayor and that he wants to “continue seeing our city move forward and complete the many exciting projects we’ve begun that are improving quality of life, bringing more jobs and opportunities to our residents and setting Jersey City on a path towards becoming the best mid-sized city in America.”
City Councilman Rolando Lavarro, who was not in attendance, has also been mentioned as a potential mayoral candidate.