A shock to all who know Hudson County Machine Politics, outlier Steven Fulop was elected mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey. As THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports, he beat out incumbent old-style politico Jerramiah Healy.
Fulop had been a former Wall Street analyst. In recent years more financial firms have been locating in Jersey City. As a result this blue-collar ethnic urban area has been undergoing rapid gentrification. Prices of apartments have skyrocketed. Living there has become cool for Millennials.
Those of us who grew up there and never returned after college share the surprise that anything could really change in Jersey City, especially the politics. Fulop could transform it into an elite small city that can pull us Baby Boomers back.