Jersey City Mayor Jerremiah Healy said today that although he counted only one win in yesterday’s school board elections, he doesn’t see a 7,000-vote election being a very good indicator of a 40,000-vote mayoral affair.
“It’s certainly not a victory,” he said. “But it’s the best we could do.”
His one winning candidate, Sue Mack, was technically a member of Healy’s chief rival Councilman Steve Fulop’s slate of candidates.
He pointed to the will of the Jersey City Education Association teachers’ union as the driving force behind Fulop’s six seats in back-to-back school elections, not so much the burgeoning organizational might of the Downtown councilman.
“They work the phones,” drawing out the vote, Healy said of the union. “I don’t think it’s a good indication (of future battles) in this election,” he said.
Healy’s not stepping back from his insinuation that he’s running for mayor in 2013, no matter how softened critics say he is after a large portion of his inner circle were indicted in the Soloman Dwek sting.
But his 2013 campaign is still only that, an insinuation, since the only proof the mayor points to is his campaign account. He won’t say the words, “I’m in,” and that may be because, according to sources, the Hudson County Democratic Organization hasn’t committed to supporting him yet.