With speculation mounting that his entrance into New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial race is imminent, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced on Wednesday a new group of strategists that will be joining his political team.
The group includes Mark Putnam of Putnam Partners LLC as a media consultant. According to Fulop’s release on the team additions, Putnam “has helped elect nine governors, nine U.S. senators, dozens of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and was one of the lead media consultants on both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns.”
To consult on mail, Fulop has brought in Ed Peavy of Mission Control Inc., Hillary Clinton’s lead mail firm. According to Fulop’s announcement, Mission Control has “helped elect five governors, nine mayors of major U.S. cities, ten members of the U.S. Senate, more than two dozen members of Congress, and over a hundred state legislators.”
Lastly, Fulop’s team will now include Fred Yang, a principal at Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, for polling. The announcement says that he “has polled in more than twenty governors’ races since 2010, and is the pollster for several of the nation’s most innovative and visionary mayors.”
As of now, former Ambassador Phil Murphy is the only Democrat to have officially announced his intentions to run for governor in 2017. However, a packed and messy Democratic primary is looming with other NJ Democrats like Senate President Steve Sweeney, state Senator Ray Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski all champing at the bit to enter the race. While Fulop’s release touted each of the newcomers’ accomplishments in helping to elect holders of higher office, the announcement did not come with any kind of proclamation about whether or not Fulop’s 2017 aspirations have been made official.
“These distinguished professionals have proven their ability and dedication to helping elect Democratic candidates across the nation, and down the ballot,” said Fulop in a statement. “They each provide unique insight and experience that will make them valuable additions to our team.”