Here are the facts
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Dear Editor:

For the past four years, President Obama has repeatedly shrugged off ridiculous attacks, saying, "Politics is a contact sport."

It is certainly true. Still, I have always believed that whatever candidates and their campaigns might say, the media are there to act as referees: to fact check, to seek confirming sources, to bring balance.

For several weeks, the Hudson Reporter and I have been going back and forth with regard to what I see as deeply biased reporting.

Often, the reporter covering Jersey City produces articles about our campaign that are just not true. Her sources are almost always anonymous.

Last week, this reporter wrote an article about fundraising, suggesting that our campaign violates the same strict pay-to-play laws I introduced as a Councilperson. The article was written with zero facts and zero named sources--but in the end, sadly, the Healy campaign gets what it wants, which is a headline to use in campaign literature.

Here are the facts:

Fact No.1- The law firm referenced in the article, Scarinsci Hollenbeck have neither raised nor bundled funds for my campaign in violation of the pay to play laws. period. Our campaign files quarterly reports that outline our fundraising. We do a detailed, more clear and comprehensive job than most in the state. Although I had explained this to the reporter, she chose to disregard it.

Fact No.2- Our campaign is extremely cautious on fundraising, but is not always perfect. The campaign has returned proactively more than $60,000 in donations that we felt represented conflicts or perceived conflicts. Not a lot of campaigns make it a habit to return money. I am proud of the lengths we go to without any fanfare to simply do the right thing.

Fact No.3- Every single donation the campaign receives is vetted by a group of volunteer good-government activists. Every donation is discussed and checked by regular people to ensure that our campaign is compliant with the letter of the law. You won't see any other campaign in Hudson County going to these lengths to create checks and balances.

Fact No.4- The Reporter article provides no facts and offers no comments for attribution. It is solely based on sources the reporter deems "politically connected." They are, of course, anonymous. I would suggest that responsible journalism requires more than this.

Fact No.5- The law firm referenced in the story has been working for the city and the Board of Education for 10 years. In other words, the firm has been engaged since long before I ever entered government. So much for the suggestion that I had anything to do with getting that firm placed in New Jersey.

Sadly, this is going to be an ugly campaign no matter how much we try to stay above the fray. The Healy plan is to try to show that everyone is as ethically challenged as he is, with the hope that apathy prevails in the end. I am going to do my best to keep the dialogue above that, but I won't be bashful about responding when the attacks are baseless, anonymous, and just plain wrong.

Steven Fulop

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JCRu2
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September 28, 2012
You attempt to deflect from allowing free speech and questioining a candidate. Good luck to you. Let us know when you can talk in some length about the CERF meeting.
WESTY
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September 28, 2012
Say what you want but I have a feeling your speech is not free.

WESTY
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September 28, 2012
Not true.

Your attempt to deflect from the very long laundry list of Jerry's ethical problems is obvious.

How many more people around Healy have to be found to be corrupt before people decide they need to replace him ?

JCRu2
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September 28, 2012
Steve is likely a better candidate but you believe no one should ever criticize him, in effect wanting to tape the lips of any resident or parent raising a question about Steve, as explained by all of your comments from the beginning. We should address these issues before he becomes mayor. Please explain how you feel about the CERF meeting, which you probably don't really care about because your aim is to help a campaign and shut up any residents with concerns. Please address the CERF issue and others below, or stop pretending you care about ethics or corruption.
WESTY
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September 28, 2012
Agreed Steven Fulop is a much better candidate and would make a much better mayor for Jersey City.

Jerry Heally never seemed too concerned with his ethics or the massive corruption that surounds him.

Take you shots but that still doesn't change the fact that Fulop is the much better choice.
JCRu2
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September 25, 2012
So what you are saying is that the CERF meeting was fine and you would rather allow any possible ethical lapses as long as they come from Steve and not Healy. OK, I believe ethical lapses should be pointed out no matter who makes them. You and I will just agree to disagree then.

WESTY
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September 26, 2012
I understand your attempt to try to equate what you see as a lapse with the long history of Healy's ethical laspes but that just doesn't balance out.

Jersey City government needs reform and Steve Fulop is the best chance to make that happen.

JCRu2
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September 26, 2012
It seems you have a different opinion on the First Amendment then I do. Healy may have many more ethical problems then Steve does, However you have made it clear in all your comments below that you do not want anyone talking about anything Steve may have done wrong. Your purpose has been to come here and leave one liners trying to divert attention from discussion of the issues. You try to claim I said anything was equivalent, please show me where I said that. I am waiting. Point to it. You on the other hand want anything about Steve kept in the dark and keep spinning and spinning to make it seem like it was wrong to even mention this CERF issue. Shame, shame on you and your attempt to ignore the first amendment when it doesn't suit your candidate. Luckily nj.com and blue jersey believe in truth. I guess if Steven gets into office he wil hire people like you to stop any criticism? Sorry but the first amendment rules in jersey city like everyone else.
WESTY
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September 28, 2012
We agree Mayor Healy has had many, many, many, ethical lapses.

I think he should be replaced.

JCRu2
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September 28, 2012


"However you have made it clear in all your comments below that you do not want anyone talking about anything Steve may have done wrong."

WESTY
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September 25, 2012
One look at JCRu2 comments below and you have to agree with Steve Fulop's statement about Healy ugly campaign tactics being ethically challenged.

JCRu2
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September 25, 2012
Keep trying Westy, since you started commenting on this, Steve had to respond to an article in the Jersey Journal about it last night and still has had 10,000 people read about it on Blue Jersey, Try not to let the truth interfere with your campaign, so far you show no sign of knowing about the issues or responding to them in any meaningful way which makes me ask the question of wehter you are just hired to plant hit jobs and run far away without any concern for the people who live hnd vote here in Hamilton Square. No one with a brain would comment on this site about something he doesn't understand unless he's paid. So are you or not?
WESTY
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September 25, 2012
I never met Councilman Fulop or anyone in his campaign and I am certainly not paid by him or anyone but he appears to be much more honest and a better choice for Jersey City's future, than Healy.

I think even you understand that Healy hold power has faded greatly and he may very well be removed from office in a few short weeks.

Your desperation to try to smear Fulop and anyone who stands up to you only makes Healy look worse if that is possible.

WESTY
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September 25, 2012
JCRu2, I know you are just doing your job for your boss but it isn't working.

It just makes Healy look really desperate to hold on to his job.

WESTY
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September 24, 2012
Between Steven Fulop and Healy's attack people I would tend to trust Fulop.

JCRu2
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September 24, 2012
You need to do more homework before giving blind support. Fulop hasn't denied the secret meeting and it was some of his own turncoats spreading the info since Healy couldn't have known about it. Try reading the facts below and come back and let us know what you think.
WESTY
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September 24, 2012
No one really cares about that petty inside bull you are trying to spin.

Healy has been literally caught with his pants down too many times to belived.

Fulop has Healy running scared.

JCRu2
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September 24, 2012
Inside?

Guess you haven't been following this much.

Nice spin attempt. My best to your political bosses.
JCRu2
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September 24, 2012
Here, I will make it easy for you. It used to be inside. When Steve was keeping it quiet. Then 6,000 people read about it here and then many more on Politicker nJ.

http://www.hudsonreporter.com/pages/full_story/push?article--Leaked Fulop e-mail references confidential -Cerf meeting- &id=19484352Read more: Hudson Reporter - News, Events, Classifieds, and Businesses in Hudson County, New Jersey

Still got your eyes closed? That is what he is hoping for.
WESTY
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September 23, 2012
WOW !

The Hudson Reporter's credability being questioned again.
JCRu2
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September 24, 2012


what else do you expect a political machine to do when cornered but unleash his letter writers. see below for the truth.
OhYea646
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September 23, 2012
A secret meeting with Education Commissioner Cerf on Arlington Ave with a select group of residents is not open honest government. Subject title of the email, keep in confidence as always. As always?

http://www.hudsonreporter.com/pages/full_story/push?article--Leaked Fulop e-mail references confidential -Cerf meeting- &id=19484352

Meeting with select members of the board of education plus newly elected though not seated boe members equals a violation of the spirit of the sunshine laws, though not a technical violation. Open and clean government? Seems like Steve only wants that when he's not involved.

A recent video interview shows him saying that he's always supported Obama, so what about his fundraiser for Hillary?

http://www.politickernj.com/clinton-raises-almost-400k-n-j-events-10633

Really, Healy is corrupt? I hadn't heard that before now. But you know what, that's not a reason for me to vote for Steve Fulop for Mayor. The only discernable message I have heard from Steve Fulop over the past three years is vote for me, I will reform and Healy is corrupt.

I have read it in print and watched Fulop say it in the video interview attached in the "Healy/Fulop Gloves Are OFF"...he says, "Watch what Healy does and not what he says". That's thought provoking and a que to the public that there is no need to think about what Fulop says versus what he does.

Well, you claim that Fulop "does the right thing unprompted" with respect to his return of campaign contributions. Since you are well-versed in the Pay-to-Play ordinances and intimately familiar with ELEC, then perhaps you can explain to me how he did not violate Pay-to-Play when he accepted $1,500 from IMPACT PAC the political fundraising arm of IMPACT JC-LLC, a City designated redeveloper, on 2/19/10 as reported in his ELEC filing dated April 19, 2010?

As you must know, he had 30 days from the applicable filing date (April 15, 2010) to return the contribution and avoid violating the ordinance. A check for returning the money was issued on June 2, 2010 as reported in his July 13, 2010 ELEC filing- JUNE 2ND IS THE SAME DAY THE JERSEY JOURNAL PUBLISHED THE ARTICLE ADDRESSING THE INCIDENT. That's called being prompted. That's called returning the money because you were caught violating the ordinance you championed in the news. That's called watch what I do and not what I say.

The same thing undoubtedly occurred with Spectra Energy's lawyers. You mean to tell me the Downtown City Councilman, who has Dale Hardman of "No Gas Pipeline" working on his campaign, had no idea that Decotiis represents the entity that is the scourge of Jersey City? You mean after the partners gave him $30,000 it was never once mentioned, "hey you know we represent Spectra Energy?" C'mon.

I'd say someone said to him, you better give that money back before people start asking questions. Questions like, did Steve Fulop write a single letter to any state or federal officials urging them to oppose the pipeline project? And if he did, did he stop after the Decotiis money started rolling in? But I know, you think he deserves a cookie for returning Spectra's influence peddling.

I am sure that Spectra's lawyers gave because they were all about his message of reform. They had no business friendly interest in exhibiting such generosity. The spirit of upholding Pay-to-Play reform was alive and well.

Morrigan
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September 23, 2012
Didn't ya'll write this comment on jclist back in August?
Morrigan
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September 23, 2012
Wasn't this on jclist about a month ago?
JCRu2
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September 23, 2012
And is it any less true now?

Seems like Steve ignored all of what's above and instead chose to attack the press for printing the truth.