Running for city mayor in the May 2013 election, Downtown Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop today announced that Ward C Councilwoman Nidia Lopez has joined his ticket.
“I can think of no better person to represent Ward C than Nidia Lopez and I am proud to have her on my team,” Fulop said. “Nidia knows firsthand the struggles of many of our residents living in Ward C and she has been a tireless advocate on their behalf.”
Lopez, who ran on Mayor Healy’s ticket in 2009, broke with the mayor on policy issues shortly after taking office. The first female Hispanic Municipal Council member in Jersey City history, she said she will work with a Fulop administration to continue fighting for the revitalization of Journal Square and pushing for increased public safety throughout Ward C.
“In the four years that I have served on the Municipal Council with Steven Fulop, I have come to respect him for his leadership and his commitment to ensuring that all neighborhoods in Jersey City thrive,” Lopez said. “My decision to join Steve’s ticket was easy. He’s the only candidate who has forward-thinking plans to fight crime, improve schools, make government more accessible and ensure that Jersey City's growth benefits everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.”
The selection of Lopez to run on Team Fulop completes the ticket for the May 14, 2013 election.
Fulop, as well as the candidates running on Team Fulop, have taken a “term-limit pledge,” vowing to serve in office for no more than two full terms, according to a release issued by the campaign. The council candidates also pledge to pass legislation limiting the terms of mayor and council to no more than two terms, which Fulop says he will gladly sign.
Fulop noted that both the president of the United States and the governor of New Jersey are limited to two terms. Now’s the time for term limits in New Jersey’s second largest city, Fulop said.
“We’ve seen in Jersey City how career politicians end up serving themselves and their cronies rather than the public,” Fulop said. “It’s resulted in higher taxes, wasteful tax breaks for big developers and no-bid contracts for supporters.
“It’s time to end politics as usual,” he added. “Term limits will result in elected officials who are committed to serving Jersey City residents first and foremost. It will also bring fresh ideas and new energy to our governing body.”
The Fulop Team:
The three at-large candidates are: Councilman Rolando Lovarro, Daniel Rivera and Joyce Waterman. The ward candidates are: Frank Gajewski in Ward A, Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal in Ward B, Assemblyman Sean Connors in Ward D, Candice Osborne in Ward E, and Councilwoman Diane Coleman in Ward F.
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"In many ways, Fulop has embraced McGreevey’s granular-level approach to retail politics, racing around the state to raise money for congressional candidates in South Jersey one night, showing up at a Morris County Democratic Party function the next. His administration has also awarded legal work to Weiner Lesniak, the Parsippany-based firm run by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, the Union County Democratic Party power broker." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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