Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has nearly $1.6 million in a campaign warchest as he seeks re-election to a second term against a candidate who missed the deadline to file his campaign finance reports.
Fulop has raised $1,012,620 for his re-election campaign and has $838,421 cash-on-hand.
A joint campaign committee for Fulop and his slate of nine city council candidates has raised an additional $1,154,184 and has $731,323 banked.
His opponent, newcomer Lewis Spears, has not yet filed any report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. The report is now eight days late.
“We’re working on it,” Spears told the New Jersey Globe. “I hope soon.”
The Fulop campaign slapped Spears for missing the deadline.
“It’s unfortunate that Lewis Spears and several other local candidates are ignoring state campaign finance laws and failing to file mandatory disclosure forms,” said Phil Swibinski, a spokesman for the Fulop Team. “We hope that all campaigns will meet this basic threshold of transparency in the future.”
In the city’s most competitive city council race, incumbent James Solomon has raised $226,565 in his bid for a second term as the Downtown ward councilman. His opponent, municipal prosecutor Jake Hudnut, has filed as a member of the Fulop Team.
Fulop’s numbers do not include any Super PAC that would also be available to help him.