Former Assemblyman and potential Jersey City mayoral candidate Lou Manzo plans to air three commercials for his public advocacy office this month.
Two of the commercials explain the role and accomplishments of the office he set up last year, which occupies his old legislative office space. The other ad will take a critical look at Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy.
“I don’t know that it’s negative on Healy. It’s just pointing out that he’s not attentive to conducting business as a mayor and if you have a problem you can always get us.”
While Manzo acknowledged that the commercials could help position him for a mayoral run, he warned not to assume that it means he’s in the race. Manzo, who has run for mayor four times before, won’t enter the race unless State Sen. Sandra Cunningham declines to go for it herself, possibly giving him a ticket back to Trenton. Manzo lost to Cunningham in last year’s State Senate primary.
“I made it clear that if I was a candidate I’d be in the field right now. I’m waiting to see what Sandra Cunningham does and I’ll take it from there,” he said. “I don’t dance around. If I’m in it, I’m in it.”
Mayor Healy started airing his own positioning commercials earlier this year, which tout the accomplishments of his administration.