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Healy Success His Own Demise

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WNYC
Jerramiah Healy, Mayor of Jersey City, and Steven Fulop, Ward E Councilman, candidates for mayor in Jersey City (Courtesy of the candidate Facebook pages)

Mayor Jeremiah Healy attracted newcomers to Jersey City, and that just might have been his downfall.

Healy was defeated in yesterday's mayoral election by Steve Fulop, a 36 year old Wall-Streeter who resembles Jersey City's new growing demographic.  During the non-partisan race, the mayor portrayed Fulop as a wealthy, Wall Street interloper, but the message didn't stick.

Brigid Harrison, professor and political analyst at Montclair State University, calls it the "ultimate irony": Mayors improve conditions in their cities, only to be voted out by the young families that move in.

"It is a danger for many old school politicians, not just Mayor Healy," Harrison said, "we're seeing it in many areas where gentrification is an issue."

Healy conceded the race even before the final vote had come in. Fulop will take office on July 1st.

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Comments [2]

JC Asian

Yep, I am one of those new residents of Downtown Jersey City (moved here 8 years ago) who voted for fulop.

May. 22 2013 06:00 PM
Orchidsbloom from Jersey City NJ

This is probably the answer, not the corruption, that his deputy mayor went to jail, the bar fight with a cop, or that he accused young Hispanic girls of doing "filthy" things to him while he was naked outside in the middle of the night.

But it must be those young new families.

May. 16 2013 08:46 AM

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