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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Fulop re-elected as mayor of Jersey City

Mayor’s council slate mostly emerges victorious

By Joey Fox, November 02 2021 9:06 pm

The New Jersey Globe can project that Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has won re-election against progressive newcomer Lewis Spears.

Fulop, a potential gubernatorial candidate in the future, was the strong favorite against Spears, who was registered as a Republican until recently. The mayor hugely outraised his opponent and got nearly every endorsement in the race.

But while Fulop’s re-election was always a likely thing, the election of his council slate was not as guaranteed, and many on Fulop’s faced more serious challengers.

The three at-large candidates on Fulop’s slate – Council President Joyce Watterman, Councilman Daniel Rivera, and Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise – all seemed to win their contests, as did Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley and Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh.

Fulop’s endorsement was not always kingmaker, however. In Ward E, Fulop backed municipal prosecutor Jake Hudnut against progressive incumbent Councilman James Solomon, a contest which Solomon won.

In Ward F, Frank Gilmore has unseated Councilman Jermaine Robinson. Races in Wards B and C are too close to call.

This story was updated at 9:15 p.m. with results from council races.

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