Mayor Steven Fulop has officially announced he will not run for re-election in the upcoming 2025 elections.
Fulop, who is a first-generation American and the son of Jewish immigrants, started his political track in 2005 when he was first elected to the City Council. In 2013, after serving eight years, he was elected mayor, and now will finish off his third term as mayor.
Although widely rumored to be considering a run for the Democratic nomination for governor, Fulop has not discussed his political future.
“I first ran for elected office in Jersey City when I came back from serving abroad in the Marine Corps because I believed that I had something different to offer both as a leader and as a public servant, and I could not be more proud of the progress that our community has made since then,” said Fulop.
“Running for office outside the political establishment and standing up to powerful interests to fight for Jersey City’s future has been both incredibly challenging and rewarding. Having the chance to do that while getting married to my wife Jaclyn and raising our family here in the city we love has meant more to me than I ever could have imagined. The forward momentum happening in Jersey City is undeniable, and while there is much more work to be done, I feel confident that new leaders can build on the foundation we have built while charting their own unique path forward.”
According to a press release, the accomplishments the mayor cites under his administration include:
Leading the state in affordable housing production and moving forward on Bayfront, Whitlock, Hudson Exchange and many other projects
Embracing forward-looking transportation policy like the successful Vision Zero initiative to stop pedestrian deaths on city streets, Bike Master Plan and innovative micro-transit network
Expansion of open space including completion of Berry Lane Park, Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, Reservoir 3 and dozens of park renovations
Keeping Jersey City safe by hiring more police officers who are representative of the community, investing in technology and training and prioritizing community engagement
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