Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is working part-time at Wonder Bagels.
Fulop announced on social media that he’s “started putting in hours at the Central Avenue location on weekend mornings to help out.”
“I grew up working in my dad’s deli in Newark,” Fulop said. “I actually enjoy it and it brings back great memories.”
The manager of the location, who identified himself as Joe, confirmed Fulop’s gig.
“He worked 6-10 AM last weekend and he’s schedule for Saturday or Sunday,” he said. “We tried to do this a few months ago, but he was too busy. Now he’s got time.”
The manager said that Fulop is unpaid, and that the mayor has agreed to donate his tips to animal welfare, “if that happens.”
As the full-time mayor of the state’s second-largest city, Fulop earns $114,000-per-year.
Fulop’s decision to work at Wonder Bagels could turn out to be a political problem for the onetime front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
The owners of Wonder Bagels were accused by a former employee of sexually assaulting her between 2009 and 2014.
In a lawsuit filed in 2016 and settled last year, the owners were accused of “repeatedly cornering the woman in the walk-in refrigerator, behind the grill and in the upstairs office, and putting their hands down her pants and up her shirt,” according to a Star-Ledger report. The woman, who was paid $10-per-hour, said that the owners also verbally abused her for several years.
The owners, brothers Issa and Nasser Salloum, denied the allegations, court records show.
Fulop did not immediately reply to a 12:06 PM message seeking comment. If Fulop responds, his comments will be added to this story.