Tag Archive: Jerramiah Healy

Obama backs Healy in Jersey City mayor’s race

Democratic endorsements don’t scale much higher than POTUS. From a statement released this morning by the Jerramiah Healy campaign, the quote from President Obama:

To continue moving America forward, we need more leaders like my friend, Jerry Healy. He’s made Jersey City a vital engine for economic growth, innovation and opportunity. Mayor Healy is also one of the leading voices on urban sustainability and getting illegal guns off our streets. I enthusiastically endorse Mayor Jerramiah Healy to keep the progress going in Jersey City.

Sometimes loyalty is rewarded; Healy was an early supporter of Obama, when much of NJ’s Democratic power structure was solidly in Hillary Clinton’s camp. Healy became Obama campaign co-chair for NJ. In 2007, Healy’s rival, Councilman Steve Fulop, raised $140,000 for Obama’s 2008 primary opponent Hillary Clinton.

If you’re Steve Fulop, what kind of a rabbit are you going to try and pull out of what hat to beat this? Election Day is Tuesday, May 14.

Healy’s a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and hosted a big rally in JC with One Million Moms for Gun Control (here’s Healy’s speech). His campaign touts JC’s hiring of new police on his watch as other cities are laying cops off, and a gun buyback program funded with corporate and private donations.

PNJ notes what might have been Healy’s lucky connection for Obama’s unusual involvement in a municipal primary battle.  

Jersey City Mayor’s Race: What Makes a Democrat a Democrat?

Promoted back up top, because this was posted late-late last night. – Rosi

It’s difficult to imagine a Republican getting elected as the mayor of Jersey City*, the largest city in true blue Hudson County. So what are conservatives to do when they want to make inroads in the Democratic stronghold? (You know, other than call Union City Mayor and Chris Christie Superfan Brian Stack.) They find a Democrat who can be wooed.

At least that’s what seems to be happening in Hudson County, where current councilman and long-time mayoral hopeful Steven Fulop is attempting to unseat incumbent Jerramiah Healy. And despite having run and served as a Democrat throughout his career in Jersey City, Fulop is receiving funding and political support from his connections among Monmouth County Republicans. This story first emerged in December when it was revealed that a former Executive Director of the NJ Republican State Party and counsel to the Romney campaign  – Brian Nelson – had been soliciting contributions for a Fulop fundraiser. Then, this week, Monmouth County Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon pushed out a press blast specifically targeting Jersey City’s use of red light cameras, despite the fact that such cameras are in use throughout the state and in municipalities much closer to O’Scanlon’s than Jersey City.

All of this comes months after a leaked email from Fulop revealed that he was meeting secretly with Christie’s Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf and Fulop’s hand-picked Board of Education members. Cerf, who is also a registered Democrat, is at the forefront of the Republican agenda of privatizing public schools and union busting. True, Democrats aren’t generally known for their hostility toward organized labor and wanting to reduce children and teachers to test scores; but that doesn’t seem to phase folks like Cerf, or apparently Fulop.

Jerramiah Healy’s imperfections as a mayor and candidate are not a secret, but his accomplishments don’t get nearly enough attention. And his challenger’s associations dash the notion that Fulop is somehow a more pure or forthright alternative. Why would Republicans from another county want to see him in office, enough to help with both their money and political cover? Fulop has long shouldered accusations of careerism, and getting help from those who seek to undo the work of the Democratic party doesn’t help him shake that cloud.

(* Jersey City’s last Republican mayor was Bret Schundler – Christie’s first Education Commissioner and Race to the Top blunder scape goat – in 1992. He had been the city’s first Republican mayor since 1917.)

Healy Scores Big in Jersey City, Hoboken Headed to Run Off

In case you missed it, Tuesday was Election Day in New Jersey’s ostensibly nonpartisan municipalities.  In two closely watched races, Jersey City’s incumbent Mayor Jerramiah Healy cruised to a whopping 52% victory while Peter Cammarano and Dawn Zimmer will face one another in a runoff to determine which of the two will lead Hoboken.

Jersey City Mayor
L. Harvey Smith
Phillip G. Webb
Louis M. Manzo
Jerramiah Healy
Daniel B. Levin
Personal Choice
Total
Vote Count
3,716
640
7,526
15,081
1,535
22
28,520
Percent
13.03%
2.24%
26.39%
52.88%
5.38%
0.08%
100%
Hoboken Mayor
Peter Cammarano
Ryn Malberg
Thomas Vincent
Dawn Zimmer
Elizabeth Mason
Frank Orsini
Personal Choice
Total
Vote Count
3,402
196
248
3,614
2,330
192
4
9,986
Percent
34.07%
1.96%
2.48%
36.19%
23.33%
1.92%
0.04%
100%

Click here for the complete results from Hudson County.

Delivering More Change – Even in Tough Economic Times

Last week, I attended a very special event at the Maureen Collier Senior Center here in Jersey City.  It was the 102nd birthday of Earl Martin.  Earl is a wonderful man, with an amazing spirit and – if his birthday party was any indication – a lot of great friends.  It struck me that Earl has seen a lot over the past century-plus – from the Great Depression to the struggle for civil rights to Jersey City’s many transformations as we grew to become one of America’s most sustainable cities.

We don’t want TOO much democracy…

This sort of speaks for itself:

Former Jersey City mayor and current Board of Education member Anthony Cucci has launched a scathing attack against Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy’s attempt to create a new “hybrid” model for the school board.

Speaking at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, the 87-year-old Cucci blasted the mayor’s “selfishness and deviousness” in pushing a plan that could change the board’s composition without voter approval.

And so does this:

A resolution by Councilman Steve Fulop asking that voters still be given the final say was defeated 6-2 last night. Councilwoman Viola Richardson cast the only other vote for it.

Other City Council members said they voted against the resolution because it was not yet time for an up or down vote on the hybrid concept.

Yes, we don’t want voters to tell us if they want democracy.  And it isn’t “time” yet for us to end democracy – too many people are watching.  So it follows:

Another Fulop resolution, calling for school board elections to be moved from April to November to increase voter turnout, was also rejected 6-2, with several council members saying a November school vote would either be overshadowed by other campaigns or overly politicized.

 Yes, we like our elections in April when no one is paying attention.  It’s easier to rig that way.  God help us if people actually participated in an election!

Keeping Jersey City Safe

The public safety of its residents is the number one priority of any government – local, county, state, and federal.  And increasing the number of police patrolling our streets is one of the best ways to reach that goal.  Over the course of the past four years, we’ve hired more than 250 new officers to keep our residents safe.  I am proud to say that, this morning, we are in swearing in a new class of nine new officers. These brave men and women will work hard each and every day to keep our community safe and peaceful.  They are not only our first line of defense, but are also our best resources to deter crime and keep our families secure.

We’re also focused on creating sound public policy to make our city safer.  Illegal guns are a scourge on our streets, and we are taking strong measures to get them out of the hands of criminals.  Our “One Hand Gun a Month” ordinance to restrict purchases was unanimously passed by the City Council.  However, recently, this ordinance was struck down by the New Jersey Superior Court and is currently on appeal.  Although we are disappointed that the Appellate Court did not agree with our position that Jersey City has the right to legislate in the interest of public safety, I promise to continue the fight to remove illegal handguns from our city streets.

Nonetheless, the State Legislature is currently considering legislation based on our local “one handgun” ordinance.  In fact, earlier this week, down in Trenton, the State Senate’s Law, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs Committee considered bill S-1774 – which is modeled on our initiative.   The bill has already passed the Assembly, and I’m heartened that what we are doing in Jersey City is being looked at as a statewide blueprint.  Now that the committee has reported it favorably to the full State Senate, I am confident that with the leadership of the bill’s Jersey City’s sponsors – State Senator Sandra Cunningham and Assemblywoman Joan Quigley – the legislation will soon become state law.  Still, I hope you will consider reaching out to your State Senator to let them know of support for this legislation.  

Healy safe

Jerramiah Healy got off the hook on a technicality today:

A former state legislator has no legal standing to seek the ouster of Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy over a scuffle in Bradley Beach, a Superior Court judge in Monmouth County has said in dismissing the lawsuit.

So Lou Manzo isn’t a three-time loser anymore.  He’s now a FOUR-time loser.

But the reasoning leaves me a bit put-off.  Everyone understands that Manzo is only doing this to try and jump into office himself.  But that should be immaterial to the legal reasoning.  No one has said that Manzo is not a resident of Jersey City, and if a resident of a city cannot seek to remove their mayor from office through legal means, then who would have standing to do so?  Would a citizen of Bradley Beach have better standing?  

Or is the judge simply saying that only those in the backroom of the legal system can determine if and when an official can be removed from office?