Former Jersey City First Lady Lynn Schundler has decided against running for the City Council in Ward E after speaking to supporters of Mayor Jerramiah Healy. Her possible candidacy came just a few weeks after her husband, former Mayor Bret Schundler, dropped his own comeback bid as a challenger to Healy.
Ward E, which is predominantly made up of the city’s downtown, is currently represented by Councilman Steven Fulop – one of Healy’s most outspoken critics. Fulop also backed off a mayoral bid and attended Healy’s campaign kickoff, but he has declined to run on the Healy slate and will seek re-election on his own.
If Schundler ran, Fulop would likely have forged an alignment with former Assemblyman Louis Manzo, who is making his sixth bid for Mayor. Manzo, sources say, has also courted Schundler as a possible running mate.
Lynn Schundler, an attorney and former Senate Republican staffer, has already met with Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, a Healy supporter who was a Schundler ally when he served as the Jersey City Council President. When Bret Schundler gave up his seat to run for Governor in 2001, he backed DeGise for Mayor in his unsuccessful bid against Glenn Cunningham.
Two sources close to Healy say they were optimistic that she would run, but noted that she has not fully committed. She did not meet with Healy, as expected, but instead informed members of his political team that she would not become a canddiate.