Potential Jersey City mayoral candidate Rob Menendez today blasted incumbent Steve Fulop for raising money for his re-election campaign during a global pandemic and weeks away from a national election.
“Fundraising during a national pandemic is no easy task but those who are doing it are trying to ensure we have the resources to elect Joe Biden and to defeat Donald Trump and Republicans in the House and in the Senate,” said Menendez, the son of New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator.
Fulop announced today that he raised $150,000 at an outdoor event last night and now has nearly $1.4 million cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek re-election to a third term as mayor of Jersey City.
“Republicans who continue to imperil the future of our country by trying to dismantle the ACA, replace the late Justice Ginsberg on the Supreme Court, wreak havoc on our environment with disastrous policies, who separate children from their families at our southern border and who have failed to provide a cohesive strategy for combating this deadly COVID virus,” Menendez said. “That’s why the majority of people are asking folks to reach in their pocket and chip in.”
Menendez has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Fulop next year, but has declined to confirm or deny his interest in running.
But his razor-sharp criticism of Fulop, a political foe of his father, offers the strongest indication yet that he is genuinely looking at a run for mayor.
“And then there’s Steve Fulop. Someone who in these extraordinary times with perhaps the most important election just weeks away is fundraising for himself for an election that is over a year away.” Menendez said. “That, in my opinion, tells you all you need to know about someone.”