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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop delivers victory speech on Nov. 7, 2017.  (Filipino Reporter exclusive photos)


Exclusive to the Filipino Reporter


JERSEY CITY — Incumbent Mayor Steven Fulop of Team Fulop won the mayoral race with a historic win of over 75% of the votes cast in Tuesday’s elections.

According to the County Clerk Office, 96% of the votes had been counted to this hour.

In the council-at-large race, Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., a Filipino-American, topped the three winning candidates with two Team Fulop re-electionists, Daniel Rivera and Joyce Watterman.

The Team’s Ward F bet, Jermaine Robinson, also won.

Three of Team Fulop’s Ward candidates will join a run-off election.

In addition to the unified support of the big Filipino community, Lavarro and his colleagues received votes from all other groups in this most diverse city in America.

In thanking his supporters during a noisy victory celebration at Zeppelin Beer House in the downtown area, re-elected Mayor Fulop announced that this 2017 election result was historic because since the 60s, there was never an election where a mayoral candidate won by over 60%.


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Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. delivers victory speech while Mayor Fulop and his wife Jacqueline cheer him on.


“We will continue to move Jersey City forward,” Fulop also said.

Mayor Fulop garnered 77.2% of the votes.

Clearly, it was a landslide victory over his only opponent, Bill Matsikoudis.

The three winning council-at-large Team Fulop bets received a total of close to 70%.

In expressing gratitude to his supporters during the same victory gathering Tuesday night, Lavarro acknowledged the presence of a large group of happy Filipinos in the crowd who came despite heavy rains and strong winds.


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Winner Mayor Fulop receives big kiss from wife Jacqueline.


Three Team Fulop candidates in Wards A, B and C did not reach the required 50% plus 1 votes.

Thus, they will face other candidates in their respective Wards in a run-off election to be held in December this year.

The Team, which did not have an official bet in Ward E, will support one of the candidates in the December run-off.

Ward D was won by incumbent Councilman Johnny Yu.

Political observers here attribute the Fulop landslide win to a good and long list of concrete accomplishments during the last four years, which, were mentioned in an earlier Filipino Reporter editorial.

(Link to FR editorial endorsing Team Fulop: http://www.filipinoreporter.us/editorials/editorial/4332-team-steven-fulop-in-jersey-city-elections.html)

Meanwhile, in the race for New Jersey governor which will replace Gov. Chris Christie, Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat and former Wall Street banker, defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican and the second in command to Mr. Christie.


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Re-elected Council President Lavarro with wife Veronica shortly before the final vote results were announced.


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Happy Filipino Team Fulop supporters with Mayor Fulop.


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Some of the Pinoy supporters.


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The author, Manny Caballero, with millennial Lavarro volunteer Shirley E. Capaldo.


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The Jersey Journal’s multi-awarded Reena Rose Sibayan, a Filipina-American, in action.


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Reena Rose Sibayan at work.


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Group selfie with Mayor Fulop.


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Council President Lavarro speaks at the victory rally of Team Fulop with Jacqueline Fulop at right cheering.


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Mayor Fulop delivers victory speech with Council President Lavarro at left.

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