Fulop isn't Jersey City's first Jewish mayor - there was the infamous rock candy maker, and another...
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Charles Kiva Krieger was one of Jersey City's Jewish mayors. (He wasn't the one who owned a candy company and was charged with fraud, though).
Charles Kiva Krieger was one of Jersey City's Jewish mayors. (He wasn't the one who owned a candy company and was charged with fraud, though).
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JERSEY CITY AND BEYOND -- Early last week, sources speculated that if Steve Fulop won Jersey City's election, he'd be the city's first Jewish mayor. This milestone would signal a trend, as neighboring Hoboken elected its first Jewish mayor, Dawn Zimmer, only a few years ago, in 2009.

But while Fulop may be the first Jewish mayor in several decades, he is not the first Jewish mayor in Jersey City history.

Consider Isaac Taussig, the city's 22nd mayor. He served from May of 1880 to May of 1884, which was two terms back then. Toward the end of his second term, Taussig closed his rock candy company, Taussig & Hammerschlag. Then the mayor and his business partner were arrested and charged with fraud when a sugar company sued them, saying the sugar company loaned them money based on false statements. Bail was $9,000.

The New York Times wrote a number of articles on Taussig and his prominent businesses, and even a society piece on the fact that he rented a house down the shore. The story of the arrest can be found here.

A more recent mayor was Charles Kiva Krieger, who served for three months as interim mayor in 1971. Krieger had immigrated to the U.S. to escape the Nazis in Austria. He was a member of Temple Beth El in Jersey City.

In 1981, Krieger ran for and won the Republican nomination to run for Congress, but died before he could compete in the general election.

Fulop's term is likely to be longer than Krieger's and perhaps at least as long as Taussig's. But will it be as sweet?

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