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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop electioneering inside a polling place on November 5, 2019.

Fulop caught lobbying Jersey City man about to vote

Mayor says ‘vote yes’ while standing just a few feet from the voting machine

By David Wildstein, November 05 2019 6:05 pm

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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was caught today urging a voter to vote yes on a referendum limit that imposes considerable restrictions on short-term rentals.

Electioneering less than 100 feet from a polling location is a 3rd degree crime in New Jersey, but that type of election day activity is rarely prosecuted.

It will be up to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who had a hundred members of his staff in the field today monitoring the election, to decide if Fulop’s violation of state law merits an investigation.

Both sides — supporters of the referendum include Fulop and the Hotel Trades Council — and opponents , like Airbnb and the carpenters union — have combined to spend millions on TV advertising, mail and a sophisticated ground game.

“The video of Steven Fulop engaging in prohibited electioneering at a polling location shows a shocking disregard for law that we have heard about from almost as soon as the polls opened today,” Graeme Zielinski, campaign manager for the Keep Our Homes campaign. “From poll workers telling voters how to vote to city workers distributing ‘Yes’ fliers at polling locations to the mayor of Jersey City himself electioneering at a poll location, there can be no doubt that this election took place under a cloud. We are evaluating our options going forward.”

 

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