Former mayor declares war on public campaign signs

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A former mayor has made it his pledge to remove illegally posted campaign signs from his city.

Signs of any kind are not allowed to be posted on public property in New Jersey. 

Former Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann, who now works for the Jersey City Department of Public Works, has made it his mission to remove all campaign signs from public spaces in Jersey City.

“One-hundred percent of them are illegal,” McCann says of the signs. “As soon as somebody puts them up, we take them down.”

This is an especially large election year in Jersey City, with city residents choosing a new governor, mayor, City Council and state legislators. But the city is mostly clear of campaign signs.

McCann says that he takes down all signs, regardless of political party.

“Everybody knows, they give me a job to do, I do it,” he says. “I maybe get a little carried away but whatever job they give me I do 100 percent.”

McCann says that he only targets signs posted on public spaces. Any signs posted on private property are not touched.

The former mayor is credited with jump-starting Jersey City’s resurgence in the 1980s. He also served time in federal prison for a bank fraud conviction.

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