This is how I became Mayor of Jersey City and where the journey started. Bottom line is that life takes unexpected turns and anyone can really achieve anything.
15 years ago, after I finished my deployment with the Marine Corps, the then mayor of Jersey City - Mayor Cunningham - recruited me to run for United States Congress on a suicide mission against then Congressman Bob Menendez. The two men (Menendez + Cunningham) has been fighting and Cunningham needed someone to fill out his primary slate of candidates - so that was where I came in. At the time I was 26 years old, I wasn’t registered to vote, I wasn’t politically active and I was just someone who chose to leave Goldman Sachs in the days after 9/11 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
So, I decided to take Cunningham up on his offer to run for Congress because I thought it was something I would tell my grandkids that “once I ran for public office”.... In any event, a week before my election on this very weekend 15 years ago Mayor Cunningham has a massive heart attack in office and passed away.
A week later I lost the election as expected but Mayor Cunningham started me on a journey I never thought I would enjoy - I then ran for councilman; I won an unexpected race, worked hard, then ran for mayor and won an unexpected race. I continue to work hard.
On Memorial Day weekend, I always remember the veterans and people who gave their lives but I also remember another fellow veteran of the United States Marine Corps who passed away this time 15 years ago - Mayor Cunningham.
Life always takes unexpected turns
The best part of my day - Jaxon James Fulop.
Jaclyn is a graduate of Florida State University and Florida A&M University - the gear for each are beginning to show up at our house for Jaxon via amazon - poor guy as this is how he will be dressed it seems going forward. @floridastateuniversity @famu_1887
I ran into Elijah today. The best dressed person in #JerseyCity. He told me that he was actually thinking about me today coincidentally, and I told him that I know whenever I see him I know that it will be a good day. Here is a look at the best dressed man in #JerseyCity via a couple different pictures
Stopped by PS16 today to explain to the kids about the #JerseyCity plastic bag ban next month + why they need to remind their parents about reusable bags. What better way to get a parent to change habits than these kids putting pressure. We also gave out reusable bags