Richard Boggiano has been reelected to the Ward C City Council seat he has held since 2013, defeating businessman and political newcomer Kevin Bing in today’s runoff. The runoff became necessary when none of the three candidates running in the November 2 election secured more than 50 percent of the vote.
With all districts reporting, Boggiano won a convincing 58 percent of the vote to Bing’s 42 percent.
Reacting to his win, Boggiano said, “I love Jersey City and I’m excited to continue working hard for my constituents and delivering the leadership they deserve.”
A former Jersey City police officer, Boggiano was first elected to the city council as an independent. Along with the late Ward D councilman Michael Yun, Boggiano gained a reputation as a thorn in the side of the administration, often taking fiscally and socially conservative positions on pending legislation.
This year, in a surprise, Boggiano ran as part of Mayor Steven Fulop’s slate.
Boggiano was endorsed by former challenger and attorney Tom Zuppa while Bing was supported by Ward E councilman James Solomon as well as progressive groups.
Bing focused his campaign largely on quality of life and statements and positions of Boggiano’s which seemed allied with Donald Trump. Boggiano asserted that bike lanes supported by Bing would reduce parking in the ward.