Gov. Phil Murphy has endorsed Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh for re-election to a second term.
“Since taking office, Mayor Sayegh has led the City of Paterson with integrity and purpose. He’s promoted economic development by creating good-paying jobs, supporting small businesses, encouraging tourism through Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, and restoring historic Hinchliffe Stadium, among other achievements.”
Sayegh faces four challengers in his bid to win re-election: Councilmen Alex Mendez, Michael Jackson, and Luis Velez; and former Councilman Aslon Goon. Mendez and Jackson are currently under indictment after being charged with ballot fraud connected to the 2020 election.
But Murphy, whose attorney general charged Menendez and Jackson, did not mention any of the other mayoral candidates, noting that “Andre knows that Paterson’s best days are ahead and shares my vision for a safe, affordable, and family-friendly city that serves all its residents.:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Sayegh was a strong partner in keeping the people of Paterson safe and healthy. He broadened access to testing, set up community vaccination sites at houses of worship, and communicated vital public health information clearly to residents,” Murphy stated. “Paterson is one of the most highly-vaccinated cities in New Jersey in no small part due to the Mayor’s relentless efforts.”
Sayegh won decisively in 2018 on his third try after Joey Torres’ guilty plea on corruption charges led to his resignation. Torres sough to run this year, but his petitions were rejected by the city clerk in accordance with a judge’s forfeiture order.