JERSEY CITY, NJ - In a race where the boxing gloves are likely to come off, the Ward E election will feature, at least in part, a rematch of the 2017 contest as Jake Hudnut has announced that he is weighing in as the Fulop Team’s candidate.
This time on the other side of the ring, Hudnut, who has served in the Fulop Administration as the chief municipal prosecutor, ran in 2017 on a ticket that opposed Mayor Steven Fulop.
An attorney and 16-year resident of Jersey City, Hudnut will be going toe to toe with incumbent James Solomon, against whom he ran four years ago.
In his current position, which he has held since 2018, Hudnut has led the city’s Quality of Life Division and successfully prosecuted absentee landlords, local polluters, negligent businesses and other public nuisances. Since this time he has worked to promote a progressive agenda within the role, issuing a first-in-the-state policy decriminalizing marijuana possession and partnering with local organizations to offer in-court counseling referrals and other resources for victims of domestic violence.
He and his fiancée Tyler live in Harsimus Cove.
“Jake Hudnut is a proven public servant and someone who has spent the last three years working tirelessly to solve problems, promote quality of life and run the most progressive municipal prosecutor’s office in the state,” said Mayor Fulop. “With his deep experience in local government and his dedication to progressive values, I know that Jake will make an excellent addition to the City Council and I look forward to supporting him and the rest of our outstanding ticket.”
In 2017, Hudnut, running on a ticket headed by Bill Matsikoudis, who was, at the time one of the most outspoke critics of Fulop’s policies, sought to become the first openly gay council person.
Prior to being hired by Fulop as the city’s prosecutor, Hudnut served as a Jersey City Public Defender and was an attorney at Spar & Bernstein, P.C., specializing in part in immigrant and non- citizen issues.
His local political pedigree dates back further to when he helped manage two board of education reform tickets in 2012 and 2013.
In 2017, Hudnut was a strong proponent of affordable housing development, and sought to protect vulnerable populations that included the rapidly-out-priced artists’ community in Ward E.
Mayor Fulop is running for his third term alongside a Council slate that includes Hudnut as well as incumbents Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson, and at-Large candidate Amy DeGise.
“Downtown Jersey City needs a City Council representative who will work tirelessly to solve quality of life issues and not just talk about them,” said Hudnut. “I’ve seen up close how much our local government can do to help people in need and promote better outcomes for our most vulnerable residents, and as a City Council member I will bring the same spirit of problem solving and effective representation that has helped transform the municipal prosecutor’s office into a force for progressive change.”
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