Jersey City Police Organization Hits Healy in New Ad


If you thought, with the passing of May’s election, that Jersey City was safe from the bizarre world of Hudson County political advertising, think again. Today’s Jersey Journal features the ad above, paid for by the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association (POBA). Though we think the sketch looks a little more like Bob Menendez than Mayor Healy, we do enjoy the use of the Healy campaign’s once-ubiquitous “Change You Can See” slogan.

POBA president Jerry DeCicco says the ad, despite mentioning Gov. Corzine, doesn’t mean the organization is endorsing Republican Chris Christie for governor yet.

“Right now we’re looking at both candidates,” he says. “Our board hasn’t made a decision yet.” He adds that if they decide to make an endorsement (they may decline to endorse anyone), it will probably come within the next three weeks.

DeCicco says the impetus behind the ad was to simply remind people about Healy, a mayor who he calls “extremely anti-police.”

Healy disputes that charge and chalks the ad up to contract disputes.

“I don’t think there has been any other mayor of Jersey City who has been more supportive of the Jersey City Police Department and more of an advocate than I,” Healy says. “While mayor, I have hired more cops than any of my recent predecessors. For Mr. DeCicco to come out with a statement like this because he is upset with contract negotiations is malevolent, childish, and counterproductive. We are just not in a position to give out the raises that he is seeking for his membership.”

But DeCicco maintains that, putting aside talks of contracts, Healy has brought Jersey City “some great embarrassment and shame,” particularly in the recent federal corruption probe that has embroiled his administration. He says that the governor’s relative silence on the arrests of Jersey City officials and politicians is curious, and that’s why the ad was phrased as a question — they are just trying to get some sort of response from Corzine.

“Maybe the governor needs to take a stronger position against this mayor and what he’s done and what everybody in City Hall’s done,” DeCicco says.

P.S.: Apologies for the strange photo quality; our office scanner crapped out on us today.

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.