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Christie dares NJ sanctuary cities to risk losing federal funds


By Sergio Bichao March 27, 2017 7:39 PM

Gov. Chris Christie told the mayors of the state’s two largest cities to “have at it” by declaring themselves “sanctuary” cities after the Trump administration once again threatened to cut federal funding.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said such cities — which refuse to use municipal resources to enforce federal immigration laws — risk losing grants that already have been awarded.

“People should just comply with the law,” Christie said Monday during his monthly appearance on New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask The Governor.”

After Trump signed an executive order in January that would defund cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities, Christie advised municipalities to take Trump at his word.

Christie also has vowed to veto any measure that would use state dollars to reimburse sanctuary cities for lost federal funds.

On Monday he called Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka by name.

“If they engage in voluntary conduct — which means sanctuary city is not mandated by the state; it’s voluntary conduct — then they think it’s important enough for their taxpayers to pick up the tab. Their call.

“Mayor Fulop, Mayor Baraka — have at it.”

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Did Bridge-gate take its first Democrat Casualty Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop?

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The Intrigue Under the Jersey City Hood

By Max Pizarro • 09/28/16 11:09pm

The locals saw it, and their heads turned.

At Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s City Hall press conference on Tuesday a recognizable local figure showed up and stood at the outskirts of the activity.

This person had shown up to “gloat,” in the words of one person familiar with the dynamics of how and why the endorsement went down. He was front and center, shaking people’s hands and saying things like “glad we are on the same team.”

Insiders knew him mostly because of a publicized row he had with the mayor going back to 2013.

It was former Police Chief Robert “Bubba” Cowen, and in the hours following Fulop’s shocking exit from the 2017 governor’s race he increasingly became the subject of considerable local speculation.

Two sources today told PolitickerNJ that Cowen possesses evidence backing up his claims in a lawsuit that Fulop tried to politicize his police duties in a mini local version of Bridgegate.

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Trumps Comments on 9/11 Set of Firestorm in New Jersey

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop owes an apology to all 9/11 victims and should resign immediately!

November 23,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, for many 9/11 is a day they will always remember with a sadness but for some it was a day of celebrations . The buildings had not yet fallen , the NY Water Way Ferries will still evacuating people , crowds were gathering along the Hudson and yes some were dancing in the street waving Palestinian flags and celebrating . It happen in Jersey City and in Patterson ,in fact the police kept angry mobs from attacking them . It was witnessed by thousand of people in Hoboken and Jersey City .

The recent attempt to deny Donald Trumps comments is more COWARD historical revisionism . Many of my friends who were still alive saw it with our own eyes. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop should learn to shut his mouth and not speak about things he is clueless  . Over 200 people that I knew died on that day and as they say it is what it is and they did what they did and no amount of lying will change that period. It is vile and unconscionable to lie about the events on 9/11 and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop owes an apology to all 9/11 victims and should resign immediately!  History will not be rewritten for your convenience.

COWARD Mayor blasts Trump’s claims about 9/11 response in Jersey City

NOVEMBER 22, 2015, 4:14 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015, 6:56 AM

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop accused Donald Trump on Sunday of “shamefully politicizing” by repeatedly claiming that he saw “thousands” of people cheering on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River when the World Trade Center was destroyed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Key adviser Bob Sommer of Ridgewood leaving administration of Jersey City’s mayor



Key adviser Bob Sommer of Ridgewood leaving administration of Jersey City’s mayor

February 5, 2015, 7:50 PM    Last updated: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:56 PM
By John Reitmeyer
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A key official in Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s administration is leaving at the end of the month to start a consulting firm.

Bob Sommer, a Ridgewood resident who’s advised U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and was Bill Clinton’s New Jersey spokesman during the 1992 presidential campaign, said he plans to stay in touch with Fulop and help his administration in a voluntary capacity.

Fulop is seen by many as a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2017.

Sommer has been with Fulop since 2013, after the mayor unseated incumbent Jerramiah Healy. Sommer earned $15,000 annually as a senior adviser.