Newark Council President Payne Jr and Jersey City Councilman Fulop Endorse Each Other for Congress, Mayor, RespectivelyBy Matt Hunger • May 1st, 2012 • Category: Blog, News, Politics
Newark City Council President Donald Payne Jr. and Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop have announced that they are co-endorsing each other for their respective upcoming campaigns. Payne Jr., the son of the late Donald Payne Sr. and former 10th Congressional District representative, will be running to fill the seat vacated by his father in the election this year, while Fulop will be challenging Mayor Jerramiah Healy (and as yet undeclared candidates) for Jersey City’s mayoral race in 2013.
The two have pledged to unite and work together towards what they’re calling “a new era in Hudson County politics.”
“I am proud to stand with the Payne family, which has a track record of accomplishment for Jersey City and in congress,” Fulop said in a statement. “Last year we won the majority of the county committee seats in Jersey City, against the organization off the party line, and we fully intend on leveraging that infrastructure for Donald Payne Jr. this year.”
He continued, “We are going to go at this strong for Council President Payne, and we will help him win. I am excited about this partnership, not just for now but for years into the future, as I know Donald will continue the strong legacy of his father.”
Fulop’s endorsements have been the winning ticket for the last three consecutive School Board elections in Jersey City. Similarly, his team won the majority of county committee seats last year in Jersey City, which included ousting the previous chairman.
Donald Payne Jr. added in the statement, “Steven Fulop has been a strong and independent voice for Jersey City. I am excited about endorsing him and working as a partner with him, as I believe he is the next Mayor of Jersey City. It is refreshing when people get involved in politics for the right reason, serving our community. I am looking forward to campaigning alongside Steven’s campaign for mayor as the Congressman from the 10th district.”
Donald Payne Jr. has the Democratic Party line in Essex County. The election is on June 5, 2012.
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