JERSEY CITY - New Jersey's second largest city has a new mayor.

Steven Fulop was sworn in as Jersey City's 49th mayor during a private ceremony at his City Hall office just after midnight.

A public outdoor inauguration was held Monday evening in front of City Hall and a block party followed.

The new mayor pledged to bring his community together and to create a more efficient government.

In his inaugural address, Fulop promised to focus on the education of the city's youth to help close the gap between the city's wealthy downtown and the less affluent inner city.

"We, as a community, must do right by our children," Fulop says. "We must demonstrate to the state and nation that here in Jersey City, education and training is going to be our most precious legacy."

Fulop easily defeated Mayor Jerramiah Healy in May. Healy had held the seat since 2004, while Fulop served on the city council since 2005. The 36-year-old ex-Marine formerly worked at Goldman Sachs.

Fulop will be taking office with a 7-2 council majority after his slate dominated runoff elections in June.