Fulop will not run for Congress

Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop put the speculation that he will wage a primary challenge against freshman Congressman Albio Sires

Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop put the speculation that he will wage a primary challenge against freshman Congressman Albio Sires to bed today.

“I can tell you unequivocally that I’m not doing it,” said Fulop. “It’s not practical, and being realistic there are more things I’d like to do on the municipal level…. It’s just not about climbing the political ladder.”

There has been talk in political circles that the Hudson County Democratic Organization would field Fulop, a constant critic of the group, to take on Sires so that Fulop would not run for Jersey City Mayor against incumbent Jerramiah Healy, who chairs the HCDO. Sires is a supporter of Union City Mayor/Assemblyman/State Senate candidate Brian Stack, a rival political boss currently warring with Healy’s organization.

The rumors about Fulop running for Congress were not without merit, said Fulop — he did engage in talks with high level Hudson County Democratic Organization operatives about the possibility. Ultimately, he said, he decided that he would rather not be in the middle of a political war between two powerful Democratic factions.

“It’s just not a realistic scenario for me as far as what I want to achieve and where I am in my political career,” said Fulop.

Fulop said that his decision was not based on an money issues, pointing to a July fundraiser he organized for Hillary Clinton in Jersey City that netted $170,000.

Fulop has acknowledged that he is considering taking on Healy for mayor in 2009.

 

Fulop will not run for Congress