Bishop Dr. Reginald T. Jackson, the former executive director of the Black Ministers’ Council of New Jersey, joined a group of local clergy today to express their personal support for Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop for mayor of Jersey City.
“Steven Fulop is an experienced leader who is committed to all the residents of Jersey City,” Jackson said. “A vote for Steven Fulop is a vote for positive change. Steven Fulop will not rest until every child in this city has the opportunity to attend successful schools and live in a city with safe streets, thriving business and young families investing in their communities. He will not rest until every child can walk the streets without fear of hearing gunshots, or being recruited by a gang, or being offered drugs. He will not rest until this city’s government treats everyone in the community fairly and equitably.”
Bishop Jackson was joined at a celebration today in the community room at 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive along with clergy representing predominantly African-American churches in Jersey City.
Those attending and personally endorsing Fulop were Rev. Donna Atwater of Greater Destiny Family Worship, Rev. Julian Cooper of St. John’s AME Church, Rev. Abdel Khan of Breath of Hope Ministry, Rev. Charles McKenney of House of Prayer, Rev. Reginald McRae of Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Rev. John Milligan of New Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church, Rev. C. Eugene Overstreet of New Covenant Baptist Church of Christ and Ministries, Rev. Lawrence T. Rivers and Rev. Wendolyn Rivers of Trinity Faith Church, Rev. Vincent L. Thomas of Bethany Baptist Church, and Rev. Joyce Watterman of Continuous Flow Christian Center. Also personally endorsing, but not able to attend the press conference was Elder Thysson Halley of Chosen Generation Ministries.
“Anyone who knows Bishop Jackson knows he is a man who does not give praise lightly,” Fulop said. “That’s why it is such an honor to receive this endorsement from one of the most respected African-American leaders in New Jersey. Furthermore, our team knows that moving Jersey City forward starts with outreach and enabling the people closest to the constituency to evoke change. In many ways, religious leaders are closest to the people. I am honored to have these leaders standing with me today.”
The Bishop Jackson and clergy endorsement is the second major endorsement for Fulop following the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. this summer.
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