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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

Boggiano will run on Fulop slate

By David Wildstein, December 21 2020 9:23 am

Jersey CIty Mayor Steven Fulop is moving closer to securing a third term in 2021, announcing today that Ward Councilman Richard Boggiano will seek re-election on the Fulop ticket.

Boggiano had run on his own in past elections and was the scourge of the Fulop administration over the last seven years.

“It’s no secret that Mayor Fulop and I haven’t always agreed on everything, but I have gained a lot of respect for him over the course of the last eight years and have come to recognize that Jersey City is in good hands with his leadership in City Hall,” stated Boggiano.  “We both share a vision for making sure Jersey City is always a great place to live. That means keeping our neighborhoods safe, making sure housing is affordable for middle class families, providing excellent services and always keeping our city moving forward. I know that Mayor Fulop believes in the same values.”

Boggiano ran as an independent in 2013 and 2017 and defeated Fulop-allied candidates each time.

“I’ve never met another public official who is as tenacious a defender of his neighborhood and what makes it special than Rich Boggiano, and I’m excited to have him officially join our team and strengthen our ticket heading into next year’s election,” Fulop said. “By working together instead of opposing each other Rich and I can do much more to move Ward C forward.”

Six other members of the city council — Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson — are running as Team Fulop.

It’s still not clear where At-Large Councilman Rolando Lavarro, a former council president who fought with Fulop over the last three years, and Downtown Councilman James Solomon, will wind up.

Fulop still has no announced opponents, although attorney Rob Menendez, the son of the senior U.S. Senator from New Jersey, has been mulling a mayoral bid.

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