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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

Sires endorses Fulop for re-election in Jersey City

Democratic congressman backs full Fulop council slate for 2021

By David Wildstein, January 11 2021 9:00 am

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) today endorsed Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for re-election, bolstering a coalition of Hudson County Democrats supporting the mayor for a third term.

“Mayor Fulop has shown true leadership by bringing people together with one goal in mind, which is to keep moving Jersey City forward, and I’m proud to add my support for him and his entire team,” Sires stated.  

The endorsement also extends to Fulop’s full slate of city council candidates, including at-large candidate Amy DeGise.

The addition of DeGise to the ticket comes with the packing of her father, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise.  Fulop had sought to oust Tom DeGise nearly three years ago in a Hudson County warette that led to Amy DeGise’s election as Democratic County Chair.

Fulop has also secured a sometime critic, Ward C (Journal Square) Councilman Richard Boggiano, to run on his ticket.

“The fact that the Mayor has been able to grow his coalition and add new, highly respected voices like Amy DeGise and Rich Boggiano to his team shows that he understands the value of relationship building and working together for a common purpose,” said Sires, who represents most of Jersey City in Congress. “Jersey City’s future has never been brighter and I’m excited to continue working with Mayor Fulop and his team.”

Besides Boggiano, six other city councilmembers are seeking re-election as members of the Fulop team: Joyce Watterman and Daniel Rivera for at large seat; and Denise Ridley Mira Prinz-Arey, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson for ward seats.

DeGise replaces at-large Councilman Rolando Lavarro, Jr., who has not yet ruled out a run for mayor.

Ward E (Downtown) Councilman James Solomon is not expected to run on the Fulop ticket.  While neither side has precluded an alliance, supporters of the mayor say they are seeking a candidate in what the acknowledge will be an uphill fight in the November non-partisan general election.

Solomon endorsed progressive challenger Hector Oseguera in the 2020 Democratic primary, but the Sires crushed him by a 70%-27% margin.

Fulop backed Sires in that race.

“I’ve learned over the years that we can get much more done for Jersey City with the right partners working with us, both here in our community and at the county, state and federal levels,” Fulop said. “Our team has worked closely with Congressman Sires on so many important issues, most recently by utilizing federal funding he delivered to become the first city in New Jersey to offer COVID-19 testing to all residents, to support our local small businesses and to offer rent relief to working families in need. I know that Jersey City can count on Congressman Sires whenever we need him and I’m proud to have his support in this election.”

Sires’ endorsement of Fulop appears to lock in Sires for re-election next year, if the former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor chooses to seek a 10th term in Congress.

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