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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, center, with Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, left, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, right, in 2015. (Photo: Facebook).

Fulop super PAC putting big dollars behind Gusciora re-election bid

Coalition for Progress supporting Trenton mayor for a second term

By David Wildstein, October 17 2022 1:10 pm

A super PAC allied with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is spending $50,000 to help Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora win a second term.

Mailings from the Coalition for Progress are expected to begin reaching voters today.

“Trenton residents deserve leaders who will bring real progress to their community, and all New Jerseyans have a stake in seeing our Capital city thrive,” said Drew Nussbaum, the super PAC chairman.  “Additionally, any elected official that embraces racist, prejudicial, or anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in New Jersey, and clearly some of the opposition candidates running against Mayor Gusciora have partaken in this kind of conduct.

One of Gusciora’s opponents, City Councilwomen Robin Vaughn, has made homophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-Latino statements, including a slur-ridden tirade against Gusciora, who is openly gay.

Another mayoral candidate, Council President Kathy McBride, used the trope “Jew down” to describe negotiations by a Jewish attorney.  Vaughn defended her, and faced condemnation by Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) and others.

“That’s exactly why Coalition for Progress is proud to support Mayor Reed Gusciora, who has accomplished major successes in his first term despite a city council that has often tried to obstruct him just for political purposes,” Nussbaum said of the super PACs independent expenditures.

Vaughn also asked a Latino city employee if he spoke English.

Coalition for Progress has $5.8 million cash-on-hand as Fulop mulls a bid for the 2025 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.   The super PAC has made independent expenditures on behalf of Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese and Roselle Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson.

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