Christie on Fulop: ‘A bright and hard-working guy’

LAVALLETTE – Steve Fulop’s lopsided win over Jerry Healy in the Jersey City mayor’s race last week won’t impact the gubernatorial election, Gov. Chris Christie said today.

“I don’t see there being any implications for the governor’s race,” Christie said. “The fact is people in Jersey City wanted to make a change.”

Incumbent Healy was the only candidate for mayor in a field of four who announced his support for Christie’s opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18).

Fulop hasn’t endorsed Christie’s opponent and shows no signs right now of inserting himself into gubernatorial politics.

His candidacy had the financial support – in the form of endorsement ads – of B4K, a schools reform outfit that backs teacher ternure reform and alternatives like charter schools.

Bishop Reginald Jackson – a proponent of vouchers – did a robocall for Fulop. The mayor-elect said on the campaign trail that he is not in favor of vouchers.

“I’ve known Steve for four years,” Christie said Fulop. “He’s a bright and hard-working guy and the state will be there to help Jersey City. I don’t see any impact on the governor’s race, I don’t see how it could.”

"He evolves like any other politician who knows how to flip a foe into a friend when necessary. He’ll do whatever it takes to survive."
—Bergen Record columnist Charles Stile, on Gov. Christie's sudden embrace of the way unemployment data is collected