JERSEY CITY – Is race an issue in the Jersey City mayoral, er, race?
Over the weekend, the Star Ledger ran a story in which Mayor Healy talks about a naked photo of himself taken outside his home years ago, that made the rounds during a previous mayoral election. He said he was inside his house and came outside in a towel after three Latino women were making noise. They he said they made “filthy” overtures.
The campaign of Healy’s opponent, Councilman Steve Fulop, planned to criticize his references to the women in a press conference today. (See our previous breaking news item linked below).
On Monday, Team Healy responded with its own release saying, “Team Healy council candidates Omar Perez (at-Large), Janet Chevres (Ward C) and Rev. Mario Gonzalez (Ward D) released the following statement regarding the Fulop Campaign’s deplorable, race-baiting distraction from both the issues that matter to voters and from the Fulop campaign’s pay-to-play and voter suppression scandals.”
The statement says that the Fulop team has “taken their campaign into the gutter” as an attempt to distract voters from issues like pay to play.
Also, “What matters to both the Latino community and all those who live, work and visit Jersey City is Mayor Healy’s record of getting illegal guns off the street, putting more cops on the beat, and creating parks and safe places for our children to play. That record is why President Barack Obama endorsed Mayor Healy for re-election, and that record is also why we are proud to stand alongside Mayor Healy to keep the progress going in Jersey City.”