A big winner in the race for three seats on the Jersey City Board of Education was City Councilman Steven Fulop, who continues to gain political strength as he prepares to run for mayor in 2013. Three Fulop-approved school board candidates were elected on Tuesday against a slate of incumbents that included former Mayor Gerald McCann and one candidate who had the backing of the powerful local teachers union. A tough and savvy reformer, Fulop’s approvals among establishment Democrats appears to be growing – a sign that his ascension to the mayoralty in three years is becoming increasingly inevitable.
One bit of empirical evidence that the establishment is beginning to embrace Fulop: Michael Soliman, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s state director, attended a Fulop fundraiser. Fulop challenged Menendez in the 2004 Democratic congressional primary.