Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop, long considered a potential mayoral candidate next year, announced today that he will seek reelection to the city council instead of running for higher office.
“For me, politics has never been about status, titles or public position, but about purpose. I believe that public service is important whether through a community group, in professional life, or in government. My view has never wavered regardless of the opportunities presented for bigger titles or positions,” wrote Fulop in an email to supporters. “While humbled by an outpouring of support to run for higher office, I have decided to seek re-election in the community that has given me the opportunity and privilege of representing them on the Council. In knowing what my goals were when I set out into public service I think this is the right thing to do in being true to my initial core beliefs on the reasons I entered government, as well as my responsibilities to the people I have represented on completing properly the issues that I have started as a councilman.”
Fulop is the first potential candidate so far to take his name out of the running. Mayor Jerramiah Healy is expected to seek reelection, while former Mayor Bret Schundler and community activist Dan Levin have already announced intentions to run. Other candidates expected to make announcements soon are former Assemblyman and four-time mayoral candidate Lou Manzo, Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, and state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham.
Fulop did not say in the email whether he intends to seek reelection to his Ward E seat, or whether he wants to run for an at-large seat, which would raise his city-wide profile. His close ally, downtown community activist Shelley Skinner, has already said that she intends to run for the Ward E seat.
Fulop did not endorse any other candidates in the email.