Healy backs Lopez

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy still supports Ward C Councilwoman Nidia Lopez, who is facing a lawsuit over whether she is a Florida or Jersey City resident.

Healy did not want to go into specifics because a law case “is winding its way through the courts and we will await the resolution,” but he said he was “confident that Nidia Lopez is a resident of Jersey City’s Ward C.

In a deposition released yesterday, Lopez reveals that she did not pay New Jersey income taxes in 2006 and 2007 although her business operated exclusively here. Although an attorney who’s representing the plaintiff Norrice Raymaker said Lopez did not pay taxes here in 2008, Lopez’s lawyer, William Northgrave, said in the transcript of the deposition that she filed for an extension for that year.

Lopez is not the only member of Mayor Healy’s slate in May’s municipal election who is facing heat. Council President Mariano Vega was arrested on corruption charges in July, but has proclaimed his innocence and refuses to resign.

Healy backs Lopez