State Senator Sandy Cunningham (D-31) this morning formally endorsed the reelection of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
Although Fulop was a political protégé of Cunningham’s late husband, Mayor Glenn Cunningham, the sitting mayor and state senator frequently clash. The early presence in the mayoral contest of former Assemblyman Charles Mainor signaled an off-the-reservation Cunningham.
But Mainor quit his mayoral quest earlier this summer, and today Cunningham threw her support to Fulop.
“Mayor Fulop’s leadership in Jersey City has ushered in a new era of prosperity for this city, and I am proud to stand together to continue to fight for the people of the 31st district,” said Cunningham. “Mayor Fulop has brought new life and investment to neighborhoods west of the waterfront, has taken a smart approach to tackling public safety challenges, and has kept taxes stable for residents. I look forward to working together to continue making progress.”
“Senator Cunningham’s dedication to the people of the 31st district, and the residents of Jersey City, is undeniable,” said Fulop. “She has continued to build on an incredible record of service, from fighting to close the loophole on our state’s bail reform to championing new schools for Jersey City. I am grateful to have the support of Senator Cunningham, and I look forward to working together in order to continue this strong record of service for the people of Jersey City.”
A 2013 candidate for mayor, Jerry Walker – a Cunningham ally – also backed Fulop’s reelection.