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Hotel Trades Council endorses Team Fulop for reelection

The Hotel Trades Council (HTC), which represents 40,000 hotel and restaurant employees and has nearly 1,000 members in Jersey City, endorsed Mayor Steven Fulop and his City Council slate in this year’s nonpartisan municipal election.

HTC worked closely with the mayor in 2019 to win a major ballot referendum that placed regulations onto Airbnb’s operation in Jersey City, which has safeguarded thousands of jobs for working families while also protecting the community’s quality of life. Despite Airbnb spending over $4.2 million, the HTC and Mayor Fulop prevailed. 

“Mayor Fulop has demonstrated throughout his career in public service that he is a true champion for working families who can be counted on to stand up for organized labor and the values we share,” said Rich Maroko, president of HTC. “He has been a leader on so many progressive issues that are vitally important to the labor movement, from guaranteeing earned sick leave to fighting for a $15 minimum wage to ensuring equitable development that creates economic opportunities for local communities, and we are proud to be the first labor union to endorse Mayor Fulop’s campaign.”

With the Mayor and Council election now only nine months away, Mayor Fulop has already garnered support from major Hudson County Democratic leaders like Rep. Albio Sires, as well as the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus. 

Fulop is running for his third term alongside incumbent Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson, as well as Council at-Large candidate Amy DeGise. The final member of Team Fulop, who would represent Ward E if elected has not yet been announced.

“Partnering with the Hotel Trades Council and other labor unions to fight for bold, progressive action to help working families has been one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences I have had as Mayor of Jersey City,” said Fulop. “I thank HTC for their continued support and look forward to continuing to work with them to build an even better future for our city.”

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