Jersey City voters cast ballots for mayor

It's Election Day in Jersey City, where residents are electing a mayor and nine city council members.

It's Election Day in Jersey City, where residents are electing a mayor and nine city council members. (5/14/13)

JERSEY CITY - It's Election Day in Jersey City, where residents are electing a mayor and nine city council members.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy is seeking a third full term against City Councilman Steven Fulop and two other challengers: Jerry Walker and Abdul Malik.

Healy has been mayor since 2004, and the 62-year-old is a longtime Hudson County political and legal figure. He is running on a public safety platform. Healy says he has hired 300 more police officers, which has resulted in a lower crime rate in the city.

Fulop has been on the city council since 2006. The 36-year-old former Marine is a Goldman Sachs employee. He hopes that a large turnout will swing the tally in his favor.

Walker and Malik were unavailable for comment Tuesday.

The candidates hope to avoid a runoff election, which will be required unless one of the candidates receives 50 percent of the vote plus one additional vote.
 

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