Biography of the Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Mayor
On July 1st, 2013, Steven M. Fulop took office as
the 49th Mayor of Jersey City.
The son of immigrants, Steven Fulop grew up in Edison, NJ.
Like many kids of small business owners, he worked alongside his father at the
family’s Newark delicatessen. His mother – the daughter of Holocaust survivors
– worked at an immigration services office, helping others gain a piece of the
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.
When he 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.
In 2004, Steve came to the attention of then-Mayor Glenn D.
Cunningham, who persuaded and supported him in a primary run against Democratic
Senator Robert Menendez. Although that
campaign was unsuccessful, Steve’s enthusiasm for the political process led to
a run for City Council in 2005. His
upset victory over the incumbent Ward E councilman made Steven the youngest
elected official on the Jersey City council and the third youngest in the
history of Jersey City.
For the first two years on the City Council, Steven donated
his council salary to the York Street
Project, a non-profit that helps women and children break the cycle of
poverty. During that first term, he also earned both his master’s in Business
Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business and his master’s
in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and
In 2006, he combined his passions for long distance running
and civic involvement by racing in the New York City Marathon, raising $16,000
for the Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention
Center. In 2012, he competed in the Ironman U.S. Championship, a 140-mile
triathlon that combined swimming, biking, and running. This time, he raised
more than $17,000 for Reserve Aid, which
benefits the families of deployed soldiers.
On May 14th, 2013, Steven won a decisive victory over
incumbent Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy.