Sources: the payback context of Lautenberg's endorsement of Healy
Fulop, right, in 2008 with U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham and Andrews's daughter. By Max Pizarro | February 26th, 2013 - 3:21pm
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It was 2008 and a ragtag band of Hudson County Democrats pulled up to a local community hall in Bayonne to be photographed with U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1).

The Hudson renegades included then-Assemblyman Tony Chiappone (D-31), state Sen. Sandy Cunningham (D-31) - and Downtown Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop.

The threesome wanted Andrews to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), offering endorsements that looked innocuous enough at the time - barley a blip on the Democratic Primary landscape as Lautenberg went on to bury Andrews up north.

Four years later, Lautenberg remembered the slight, as today, he issued his formal endorsement of Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy over Fulop.

"It should be seen not as an anti-Steve endorsement as much as validation of what Jerry did for him," a source close to the senator told PolitickerNJ.com. Then Hudson County Democratic Chairman Healy held the line for Lautenberg against the insurgent Andrews. 

Having said that, the source admitted that Fulop did back the challenger, and, in fairness, should suffer the consequences.

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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