2017 State of the City Address will be Delivered in Every Ward

Mayor Steven Fulop will deliver the 2017 State of the City Address in a series of speeches to be held in each ward, taking the message to the residents to emphasize the important role each community and individual plays in the progress Jersey City is making.


Rep Donald Payne on Democratic Sit-In for Gun Reform

As the Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives comes to an official end, JCI spoke to Representative Donald Payne.


Bernie Sanders Volunteer John Gnesin Talks Politics

As Hillary Clinton claims the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders’s supporters are responding with mixed emotions. Jersey City Independent had an opportunity to speak with John Gnesin about the campaign, the candidate, and what comes next. John Gnesin, “Sorry. My phone is supposed to stop ringing at this point. It’s over.” That’s a great way to

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Strategies for Safety at the Core of State of the City Address

After much pomp and circumstance, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop delivered his third annual State of the City address from behind a lectern in City Council’s chambers. Depending on perspective, Fulop’s presentation focused largely on either crime or safety. After a lengthy set of introductions of Jersey City Councilmembers and other local dignitaries by Council

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General Election “unofficial” results for Jersey City Races

Note: This post was updated at 11 pm on Nov 3. Below are the General Election “unofficial” results for Jersey City races on Nov. 3 via the Office of the Hudson County Clerk website. Election Day Turnout in Hudson County: 46,356 voters or 14.88% voter turn out Mail-In Turnout: 2,916 votes General Assembly 31st District

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2015 General Election – Races Include General Assembly, Hudson County Executive and Jersey City Board of Education

It’s almost time to do your civic duty and vote. Tuesday, November 3 is election day and this year’s General Election has all 80 seats in the Democratic controlled New Jersey General Assembly up for election. Representatives to the Assembly are elected to a two-year term that begins in January. Candidates running in Jersey City

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Fulop’s State of the City Address: Everything Is Awesome

On Tuesday night, Mayor Fulop delivered his second “State of the City” address. Before a packed crowd in City Hall’s Council Chambers on Tuesday night, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop delivered his second “State of the City” address. The 27-minute speech looked back on accomplishments from Mayor Fulop’s first full year in office and set

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Liberty State Park to Highest Bidder?

New language in state bill could change park’s control Note: This post was updated on Jan 6 at 4:00 pm. In late December, a quiet surprise was left for Jersey City, but it didn’t come from Santa Claus. In fact, no one is claiming responsibility. But language added at the last minute to a bill

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2014 Jersey City’s General Election — Many Reasons To Get Out And Vote

Tomorrow is Election Day! While the Presidential election is still two years away, this year’s General Election for Jersey City residents has US Senate and House of Representatives for 8th and 10th Congressional Districts seats, three Board of Education positions and the Hudson County Surrogate and Freeholders for Districts 1-5 and 8. There are also

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State of the City Address Tonight: Open to the Public

Mayor Steven Fulop will deliver the 2014 State of the City Address at 6 pm tonight at the Mac Mahon Student Center at Saint Peter’s University (47 Glenwood Ave.). The public are invited to attend. The mayor plans to discuss: His plan for Jersey City’s new direction, including his branding campaign to make Jersey City

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New Jersey Residents Head Out to the Polls Today

As New Jersey residents head out to the polls today they will have an opportunity to cast their vote for Governor as well as answer two questions being posed to the public on the ballot. Locally, there is also the race for the Jersey City Board of Education. Check out some of JCI‘s pre-election coverage below.

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In Choosing A Governor, NJ Voters Have Some Homework To Do

On Tuesday, November 5, New Jersey residents will have an opportunity to cast their vote in the gubernatorial race as well as answer two questions being posed to the public on the ballot. While most polls and news sources are citing the incumbent Chris Christie (R) as the frontrunner, and television has been inundated with advertising

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Micro-Housing Development coming to Jersey City

Jersey City will be joining cities around the country in the “micro-housing” trend. Micro-housing units, typically 150 – 400 square feet, have been cropping up across the Northern Hemisphere. Cities such as Vancouver, San Fransisco, and Boston already began rolling out these smaller dwelling units. And to be sure, New York City is not far

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Booker Snags Senate Seat… And Nearly All of Hudson County Vote

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) defeated Steve Lonegan (R) in a special Senate race last night to take the spot vacated when Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed away earlier this year. The Hudson County Clerk’s Office reports that 60,371 voters turned out in Hudson County yesterday (just over 17% of those registered), 3,089 of whom were

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Special Senate Election to be Held Today

In order to fill the empty seat in United States Senate following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey will be having a special election today. Polls opened this morning at 6 am and will remain open until 8 pm this evening. Democratic candidate and Mayor of Newark Cory Booker has spent the final

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INTERVIEW: With Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips

Continuing with our interviews of Mayor Steve Fulop’s appointments, JCI presents a Q&A with the second of the two deputy mayors working for the city. Here is our exchange with Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips, who explains how she will use her professional and educational experience to help with the city’s social services situation. What is

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Fulop Says More Time, Letter to Be Given to Council for Judicial Nominee Review Process; Appoints New Chief Muni Court Judge

With a review process for judicial nominees based on giving “ample time” to the Council between the time of an appointment’s announcement and a Council vote, Mayor Steve Fulop says he’s solved transparency issues that plagued previous administrations. Fulop’s process will be tested immediately, with the new mayor announcing he will be appointing Carlo Abad

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James Shea, Jersey City’s Soon-to-Be Public Safety Director, Talks Shop

  James Shea James Shea didn’t go out looking to become the next public safety director of Jersey City, it just worked out that way. Even in a national search for candidates, some resumes readily stand out. In Shea’s 22-years with the New York Police Department, his responsibilities included serving as a deputy chief in

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In Campaign Event, Fulop and Booker to Lead Jog Around City

Immediately following his successful bid to become mayor of Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop said it would be “crazy” to get involved in other elections. He had a city to run, after all, crime to stop, taxes to lower, and a litany of other ambitious campaign promises. Two months later, Fulop has announced that he

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What You Need to Know Ahead of Tuesday’s Special Election Senate Primary

With the primary vote for the Republican and Democratic nominees looking to fill the seat of former US Senator Frank Lautenberg set for Tuesday, August 13, here’s what you need to know. In the aftermath of Lautenberg’s death — much beloved by environmentalists and liberals — the state’s actions were almost immediately criticized. Indeed, the

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