Jersey City's Jewish Mayor Finds Strong Backing Among Muslims

Michael Kaminer | Forward | September 5, 2016

Mayor Steven Fulop – whose uncommon last name hints at his Romanian-Jewish background – is the Jersey City mayor who has become closely connected to the city’s sizable Muslim community. It was Fulop who led a press conference this year denouncing Donald "The U.S. has become a dumping ground" Trump’s claims about watching Jersey City Muslims cheer on 9/11. With the Presidential election edging closer, and his own future as a gubernatorial candidate in play, Fulop’s also been encouraging his Muslim constituents to get more involved in the political process, and his local outreach is making national headlines.

Under his leadership, Jersey City has become one of the state’s fastest-growing municipalities, and its most politically progressive. It’s also the most diverse city in the nation, according to a 2015 report, with nearly 40% of residents foreign-born.