There is speculation that David Donnelly, a special assistant to Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, has quickly emerged as the leading candidate to replace Ward B Councilman Phil Kenny. Kenny resigned this afternoon, one day after pleading guilty to taking bribes and slightly more than three months after taking office. Donnelly worked as an aide to Edison Mayor Jun Choi before taking a job on Healy’s staff two years ago. His mother, Mary Donnelly, held the Ward B Council seat until her retirement in 2005.
Donnelly’s vacant seat will be filled by the other eight members of the City Council. Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop has called on two Councilmembers who are facing their own legal hurdles to recuse themselves from the selection process. Council President Mariano Vega was arrested in July as part of Operation Bid Rig, and newly-elected Councilwoman Nidia Lopez faces allegations that she is actually a Floridian.