Connors running with Fulop Team, will not run for the Assembly in 2013
Fulop, left, and Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy in happier times. By Max Pizarro | December 20th, 2012 - 1:29pm
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Assemblyman Sean Connors (D-33) has a political home after all.

Downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop, a mayoral candidate in Jersey City’s May election, announced today that Connors will run on his ticket for City Council in Ward D.

As recently as a few weeks ago, Connors was one of Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy's fiercest attack dogs, finding what Team Healy judged was soft target material in Fulop.

But Connors walked back his endorsement of the sitting mayor and endured at least one Monday Night Football tavern encounter with Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) loyalists who bad mouthed him to his face for bailing on Healy.

Fulop rejoiced in snagging Connors.

“Sean and I share a similar work ethic and a common goal for Jersey City,” Fulop said. “Sean has his finger on the pulse of the community and cares deeply about the city. He has been active in the community throughout his life. I’m proud to have him as a member of my team and look forward to campaigning with him as we begin a discussion with voters about the best way to reclaim the promise of the Heights and make it a trophy neighborhood with good schools, safe streets and recreational opportunities for our children.”

A resident of the Heights, Connors, 43, is a detective with the Jersey City Police Department. Prior to his election to the state Assembly last year, the lifelong Jersey City resident served on the Jersey City Board of Education.

“A few weeks ago I came to the realization that we needed change in City Hall and that the best person to lead our city forward was Steven Fulop,” Connors said. “I’m honored and humbled that he asked me to be part of his team.”

Team Healy tried to stifle the laughter as it issued a quote.

“We completely agree with what Sean Connors said in September, that “'Mr. Fulop can not relate to the struggling working class residents of Jersey City," said Joshua Henne, Healy campaign spokesman.

Connors is the latest addition to join Fulop’s team of council candidates who were picked for their experience, skills and ties to the community. Also on the team are: At-Large Councilman Rolando Lovarro and former Jersey City Police Chief Frank Gajeweski in Ward A and Candice Osborne in Ward E.

“We’re assembling a strong team of candidates for City Council who know the issues and are passionate about moving Jersey City forward,” Fulop said. “We are focused on building alliances throughout the city.”

Connors attended Hudson County Community College before joining the Hudson County Police Department. He subsequently joined the Jersey City Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of detective in 2002.

He is a member of the Heights Hope Neighborhood Association, The Pershing Field Friends of the Flower Garden, Pershing Field Little League, Washington Park Little League, St. Nicholas Seniors, Jersey City Police North District Meeting Group and the P.S. 8 Neighborhood Block Association.

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