Slippery Steve Fulop welcomed Trump to Jersey City with open arms and a five-year tax abatement worth millions to the billionaire Trump and his partner, son-in-law Jared Kushner. That would be the son of convicted felon Charles Kushner, who served time for making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. The elder Kushner even hired a prostitute to set up members of his own family.
“I think the Trump brand is a real positive thing… I think it’s great.”
So gushed Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in welcoming Donald Trump to town to develop an apartment complex.
Yep, the same Slippery Steve Fulop who wants to be governor, cutting deals with the egomaniacal Republican who has morphed into the most reviled presidential candidate in American history.
Many believe that Jared Kushner, convicted felon Charlie Kushner, or even Donald Trump himself, may be the shadowy figures behind the anonymous $400,000 contribution to a super PAC created to fund Fulop’s gubernatorial campaign. The super PAC returned the donation, without explanation, after civic activists uncovered its possible illegality.
Fulop should have known the dubious gamble he was exposing his constituents to by dealing with Trump, who was notorious for projects that ended in bankruptcies that bailed him out, while leaving the taxpayers and others holding the bag.
If Fulop didn’t know, a simple Google search would have raised enough red flags to send even the most naive official running for cover.
Trump, after all, had left a lurid trail of shuttered buildings, broken promises and shattered dreams stretching from coast to coast. Thousands of workers lost their jobs, bills to contractors went unpaid, small businesses got the shaft. All in the name of Trump.
But Fulop overlooked the shabby record and fell for Trump’s bombast and braggadocio.
If Slippery Steve can be so gullible when faced with the slick huckster from across the Hudson, how can we trust him to protect our wallets as governor?