The definition of public servant

Jersey City Councilwoman Viola Richardson loses battle with COVID-19

On April 10, former Jersey City Councilwoman Viola Richardson died due to COVID-19.

Mayor Steven  Fulop called her a cornerstone of the community in an email to constituents on April 11.

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“I served on the City Council with Viola for 8 years and she was the true definition of a ‘fighter’ and ‘public servant’ as an elected official,” Fulop said. “She was a champion for Ward F and a champion for all of Jersey City.”

Richardson served on the Jersey City City Council from 2001 to 2013, representing Ward F and the City at Large.

Before entering elected office, she was a Jersey City Police Officer for roughly two decades.

She was also a civil rights activist.

Senator Sandra Cunningham called her one of the “strongest women” she had ever known.

“When I think of Viola, I think of a woman who was courageous enough to trust her own judgment and who was not afraid to stand up to say what she believed was right,” Cunningham said. “As I reflect, I also think of my husband’s administration. Glenn had many battles, and fortunately for him, he had many warriors who stood with him. Viola was a warrior, a fearless leader who was committed to serving her community. Viola strongly contributed in helping Jersey City to become the great city we know today. I am honored that I had the opportunity to know Viola. She touched many lives, including my own. “

“I was very sad to hear of the passing of Viola Richardson this evening,” said Rep. Donald Payne Jr. “She was a great friend of my family and a strong voice for the people of Jersey City during her time as a police officer and a city councilwoman. “

Gov. Phil Murphy called her “Tough and outspoken, a fighter for her community and her city.”

“Her life defined the meaning of the words public service,” said Murphy.“ Jersey City has paid a big price in this. I was back and forth on text this morning with Mayor Fulop. Our hearts and prayers go out to him, other Members of the Council and the extraordinary residents of our great Jersey City.”

As of April 11 , Jersey City had 2,469 cases of COVID-19 and lost 99 Jersey City residents, according to Fulop.

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