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More Bridgegate-Style Politics in New Jersey?

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Another North Jersey mayor is claiming he's receiving political retribution from Trenton.

Jersey City's pension system could save millions of dollars — if New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney allows legislators to vote on a bill reforming it. The bipartisan bill already passed unanimously in the state assembly. But so far, with two days left in the legislative session, there's been no vote.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop says his situation seems familiar. He thinks it's similar to the one affecting Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich after the mayor supposedly displeased Gov. Chris Christie. Christie appointees allegedly created traffic jams from Fort Lee to the bridge after the mayor there didn't support the governor's re-election.

"One can seem to connect one to another because of this culture of retribution," Fulop said Tuesday from his office in Jersey City's City Hall.

Fulop suspects Sweeney, a Democrat and Christie ally, could be punishing him. One possible reason? Fulop and Sweeney are both considered Democratic gubernatorial candidates in 2017.

And then there's this: After Fulop told Christie aides last year that he wouldn't join other Democrats and endorse the Republican governor for re-election, administration officials cancelled several meetings with Fulop. 

Spokesmen for Sweeney and Christie didn’t return messages for comment.