Steve Fulop on Homeland Security
Denounced theory that Jersey City Muslims cheered 9/11
Mayor Steven Fulop 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 Trump's claims about watching Jersey City Muslims cheer on 9/11.
With 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.
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.
A lot of people seem surprised that Jersey City's sizeable Muslim population
has thrown its support behind a Jewish mayor. How did that develop? Fulop answered, "Pakistanis were the first to support me. We also have a huge Egyptian community. I've spent a lot of time with them, over holidays, in mosques."
Source: The Forward on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race
, Sep 5, 2016
Signed up for Marine Corps after Sept. 11
Steven attended Binghamton University, spent time studying at Oxford University in England, and graduated in 1999. After starting a career at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, he transferred back to New Jersey and bought a home in Jersey City.
witnessed the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, Steve made the life-altering decision to leave his job at Goldman Sachs and enlist in the United States Marine Corps. As a member of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, he was deployed to Iraq.
Steven and his unit were awarded the Overseas Service Ribbon, Meritorious Masts, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Steve came home a profoundly changed person to a profoundly changed nation, but his need to serve remained.
He focused it on his own community, where he became president of both the Historic Paulus Hook Association and the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.
Source: 2017 N.J. Gubernatorial website, SteveFulopForGovernor.com
, Mar 1, 2016
End veteran homelessness
Every night in New Jersey, roughly 3,000 veterans go to sleep on the streets or in a shelter, including about 45 homeless veterans in Hudson County. During the week of Veterans Day, we announced the construction of nearly 30 homes that will be dedicated
for homeless vets and their families. [Our supporters were] early signers of First Lady Michele Obama's pledge to "End Veteran Homelessness." They believe that what they were taught in the Marines should apply everywhere: We leave no one behind.
Source: 2016-17 N.J. gubernatorial campaign website, StevenFulop.com
, Nov 1, 2015