Greek American Bill Matsikoudis Loses Jersey City Election

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was re-elected on Tuesday, staving off a challenge from another Democrat, Greek-American lawyer Bill Matsikoudis.

Matsikoudis knew he was in for an uphill battle when he challenged Mayor Steve Fulop to run the state’s second largest city.

“I told some people, I’m not sure I’m the best guy to run against the mayor, but I was the only guy,” Matsikoudis said to a crowd gathered in a small room at Halftime Bar and Grill on West Side Avenue.

Matsikoudis, 46, a Democrat, conceded at about 9:30 p.m. Fulop, 40, was elected for a second term Tuesday night in what he expects to be a 3-to-1 victory.

The challenger told his supporters that while he didn’t have institutional or union support, he was proud of the roughly $500,000 his campaign raised and the volunteers who supported him.

“We put together, what I believe, was a truly excellent campaign where we put forward the issues and at a minimum … you have to concede to us that we forced a needed dialogue in Jersey City about some important issues,” Matsikoudis said.

Fulop was long rumored to be one of the top contenders for the New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial primary. Matsikoudis had been a vocal critic of Fulop’s potential gubernatorial run, claiming that the mayor sidelined his duties in Jersey City to pursue the governorship.