Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has hired North Jersey political consultant Phil Swibinski to work on his re-election campaign, a clear indication that the Hudson County Warette of 2018 has come to an end.
Fulop is seeking re-election to a third term in the November 2021 non-partisan municipal election and appears to have enhanced his relationship with some of the county’s most powerful Democrats over the last two years.
Swibinski is closely tied to State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, the mayor of North Bergen, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise. It’s unlikely that he would have joined the Fulop campaign without their blessing.
He also works for Gov. Phil Murphy, handling the governor’s political communications at the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. Fulop had been the front runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2017 and his decision not to run helped Murphy win the nomination.
So far, Fulop has no announced opposition for his re-election bid.
Vision Media, the political consulting firm Swibinski runs with his father, Paul, is also working for Yousef Saleh in his special election for the Ward D (The Heights) city council race this fall.
With the support of Fulop, Saleh was appointed to the council in April to fill the seat left vacant after Michael Yun died of complications related to COVID-19.