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Steven Fulop

Born February 28, 1977 (1977-02-28) (age 32)
Edison, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corp
Years of service 2002 - 2006
Rank Corporal
Unit 6th Engineer Support Battalion
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Overseas Service Ribbon
Meritorious Masts
Presidential Unit Citation

Steven Fulop (born on February 28, 1977) is the Ward E Councilman in Jersey City, New Jersey.


City Council Election

In May 2005, Fulop was an upset winner against an incumbent councilman in Jersey City, NJ.

When Fulop was sworn into office at 28 years old, he was the youngest member of the city council by more than 17 years and the third youngest in the nearly 200 year existence of the city. However, as noted by the New York Times, the most significant difference between Fulop and every elected official in Jersey City, (and most in Hudson County) is that he won the election with no establishment support, beating an incumbent with the backing of the powerful Senator Robert Menendez, Mayor Jerramiah Healy of Jersey City, and the Hudson County Democratic Organization.[1]

Fulop was outspent by more than 2-1 during the campaign but several tactical innovations that were highlighted in the Newark Star Ledger, New York Times, and Jersey Journal helped move the campaign forward despite stiff opposition.[1]

In May 2009, Fulop was re-elected for a second term to represent downtown Jersey City, Ward E. Fulop won with 63% of the vote in his ward. [1]


Steven Fulop is a first generation American who grew up in an immigrant family in Edison, New Jersey. His father owned a delicatessen in Newark, New Jersey, where Fulop often worked, and his mother, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, worked in an immigration services office helping others gain citizenship.

Steven graduated from Binghamton University in 1999[2] and in 2006 completed both his Masters in Business Administration at the New York University Stern School of Business and his Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). While attending Binghamton University, he spent time abroad studying at Oxford University in England.[2]

Upon graduating from college, Fulop joined Goldman Sachs, the investment banking firm, first working in Chicago and later in downtown Manhattan as well as in Jersey City. After working in financial services for several years in downtown NY and seeing first hand the effects of 9/11, he decided take put his career at Goldman Sachs on hold and join the United States Marine Corps.[1]

Shortly after completion of Marine Corps boot camp, on January 14, 2003 his Reserve Unit was activated and Fulop was deployed to Iraq, where he served as part of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion for a period of 6 months. He traveled into Baghdad in the early weeks of the war. The battalion focused on engineering, logistics, water purification, and fuel. He and his unit were recipients of numerous awards and recognition for service including the Overseas Service Ribbon, Meritorious Masts, and the Presidential Unit Citation. His unit was part of the support and infrastructure that allowed the swift movement through Iraq. His unit was written about in numerous periodicals during the war which highlighted the company's movements, their contributions to the war, and the challenges that they encountered. The New Jersey Star Ledger highlighted Fulop on several occasions as a result of his choice to leave the comforts of a financial services job to serve his country bravely. I guess it was an act of bravery to say I won't just sit behind a desk I will fight for my country. After his service in Iraq, Fulop returned to Goldman Sachs.

In early 2006, Fulop left Goldman Sachs to take an opportunity at a competitor and he also completed his service to the Marine Corps Reserve with a rank of Corporal.


As a councilman, one of Steven's main interests has been ethics reform measures. In September, 2007, he proposed legislation that would have restricted use of city vehicles and property, banned officials from holding multiple elected or appointed positions in government, instituted business and income transparency requirements for elected officials and barred people from lobbying an entity in which they serve. This legislation was rejected by a 6-1-1 vote.[3]

In response to this setback, Steven proposed that Jersey City’s voters have the opportunity to institute new ethics reform measures by voting on two referendums.

The first referendum would prevent elected officials or government employees from collecting more than one taxpayer-financed salary. By state law, one cannot stop an individual from serving multiple government positions by popular vote, but since state law allows a municipality to hold back a paycheck and benefits if voted on by referendum, it is possible to change the pay structures at the local level to ensure that there is less incentive to collect multiple paychecks and pensions.

The second referendum would make it illegal for any entity that does business with the city, like a developer or contractor, to make a political contribution to a local candidate for a one-year period. This would prohibit those with a specific interest in controlling a singular aspect of local government from bankrolling a local elected official who may have the power to influence that specific interest.[4] [5] [6] [7]

Community Volunteer

Prior to his election on the municipal council, Steven Fulop served in two positions within the community: he is past president of the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) in Jersey City, and also, he is past president of The Historic Paulus Hook Association.

Currently, Steven Fulop is on the Board of Directors for two well known organizations focused on educational related activities. He is a current board member for the Columbia University Alumni Association and he on the board for the Learning Community Charter School which has distinguished itself with superior academic performance for children throughout Jersey City.

Since his election, he has taken the opportunity to use the position to help create awareness for local charities in Hudson County. He has donated his first two year council salary to the York Street Project, a non-profit that helps women and children break the cycle of poverty.Most recently,in 2006, Steven Fulop tied his passion for long distance running with his civic involvement by racing in the New York City Marathon to raise money for the Hudson Country Child Abuse Prevention Center. Fulop raised $16,000 running his first marathon in 3:44 with an average pace of 8:33 per mile.

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
E.Junior Maldonado
Ward E Councilman of Jersey City, New Jersey
July 1, 2005 - Present
Succeeded by


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