Councilman Rich Boggiano joins Team Fulop

Jersey City's 2021 municipal election begins to take shape

Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano will run with Mayor Steven Fulop in Jersey City's 2021 municipal election.
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Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano will run with Mayor Steven Fulop in Jersey City's 2021 municipal election.

Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano will run on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket in next year’s citywide election.

Boggiano has been a Jersey City resident for more than 40 years, is a retired 37-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department, and former commissioner of Jersey City’s Historic Preservation Commission.

He is the seventh incumbent councilperson to join the mayor’s slate currently composed of Council President Joyce Watterman, Council Vice President Daniel Rivera, Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, Ward F Councilman Jermain Robinson, and Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh.

Councilman Boggiano ran as an independent in the last two citywide elections in 2017 and 2013, defeating candidates aligned with Fulop each time.

“I’ve never met another public official who is as tenacious a defender of his neighborhood and what makes it special than Rich Boggiano, and I’m excited to have him officially join our team and strengthen our ticket heading into next year’s election,” Fulop said. “By working together instead of opposing each other, Rich and I can do much more to move Ward C forward, like making major improvements to Pershing Field, partnering with the County of Hudson to build a new Journal Square park, and working with neighborhood advocates to build a world-class performing arts space at the landmark Loews Theater. I’m glad that we were both able to put the past behind us and move forward together.”

The two-term representative for the Journal Square area has forged a strong personal bond with the mayor in recent years that has transcended previous political differences, according to the Fulop campaign. The councilman has stood with the mayor in recent years on several quality-of-life issues.

Shoulder to shoulder 

Boggiano was an opponent of attempts by Airbnb to circumvent regulations passed by the city council to protect quality of life, standing shoulder to shoulder with Fulop in last year’s heated referendum campaign. He has also worked closely with Fulop on veteran’s issues, public safety, and sustainability initiatives.

“It’s no secret that Mayor Fulop and I haven’t always agreed on everything, but I have gained a lot of respect for him over the course of the last eight years and have come to recognize that Jersey City is in good hands with his leadership in City Hall,” Boggiano said. “We both share a vision for making sure Jersey City is always a great place to live. That means keeping our neighborhoods safe, making sure housing is affordable for middle-class families, providing excellent services, and always keeping our city moving forward. I know that Mayor Fulop believes in the same values.”

Fulop expects to announce the final members of his slate in the coming weeks. The third at-large council seat and the Ward E council seat are not yet filled on the mayor’s ticket.

Current Ward E Councilman James Solomon is running for reelection, according to filings with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, as is At-Large Councilman Rolando Lavarro.

Lavarro is rumored to be considering a mayoral run as is Robert Menendez Jr, a local Jersey City attorney, and son of Senator Bob Menendez.

Menendez had not filed any documents with ELEC as of Dec. 21.

Former Jersey City Corporation Counsel and founding partner at Jersey City-based law firm Matsikoudis and Fanciullo LLC, Bill Matsikoudis will challenge Fulop in the upcoming mayoral race, according to ELEC filings.

He ran against Fulop in the 2017 election in which he received 8,763 votes. Fulop received 30,279 votes, according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.

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