Jake is running for City Council because he solves problems. He understands a council representative’s first responsibility is to connect you with city services - or if the service doesn’t yet exist, create it. Whether it’s a needed speed bump, an overgrown vacant lot on your block, or a broken street light, he will be there to troubleshoot. As city prosecutor, he led a task force against slumlords and local polluters. He oversaw the city’s enforcement of COVID-19 protocols. There isn’t a problem Jake won’t take on.
Like many of us, Jake lived through Hurricane Sandy and experienced the impact of climate change. To be a resilient and sustainable city, Jake will assure that developers do their part to build greener with new trees, permeable surfaces, and flood mitigation techniques. Being a sustainable Downtown also means our streets must be safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit riders, and wheelchair-users. As prosecutor, Jake’s office paid special attention to traffic violations committed at high-injury roads and intersections. As councilman Jake will work with the city to improve our streets and buildings with sustainability and resiliency in mind. Jake's plan has been endorsed by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
Jake has a comprehensive plan to expand foot patrol, so officers better know our neighborhoods’ needs. He proposes increased police training in hand-to-hand defensive tactics to avoid the use of unnecessary force in high-pressure situations. And Jake can get it done; as prosecutor, he worked alongside JCPD top leadership to create a Quality of Life Unit -- a team of police officers dedicated to solving neighborhood issues and reducing the blight and nuisances that lead to more serious crime.
With no additional cost to taxpayers, Jake revamped the city’s quality of life enforcement, creating a taskforce and an entirely new 65-employee public safety division. In the courts, he created programs for veterans and victims of domestic violence - also at no additional cost to our municipal budget. As councilman, Jake will bring this same fiscal responsibility to the budgetary review process. He will hold the Board of Ed accountable for their spending, so Ward E’s children are the winners, because none of us can afford Downtown becoming any more expensive - homeowners and renters alike.
Educating Ward E’s children is at the forefront of Jake’s agenda. He began his community involvement a decade ago as a campaign manager for reform-minded Board of Education candidates. He has continuously called on the Board of Education to be more accountable, from its re-opening following COVID-19 to its management of funds received from the city. As councilman, he will hold the Board of Education to the highest standard and work with all stakeholders to find new ways to build new schools to meet Downtown's growing population.
Jake's housing affordability plan is designed to lift up all of Jersey City’s residents. His practical, progressive approach will ensure that Jersey City is livable for middle class families and young people, prioritize sustainable development, and lead to a truly affordable Downtown for everyone.
Jake led the enforcement of COVID-19 state and local executive orders throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Jake brought the business community together to cooperatively ensure the protection of workforces and customers. While other municipalities were fining businesses, he implemented an "education before enforcement" approach that compelled compliance and cooperation between Jersey City and its business community.
Jake Hudnut for Jersey City - Paid for by Team Fulop 2021, P.O. Box 13025, Jersey City, NJ, 07303