Jersey City, New Jersey

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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General information
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Mayor:Steven Fulop
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:9
2014 FY Budget:$500 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:257,342
Gender:50.6% Female
Race:White 21.5%
African American 25.8%
Hispanic or Latino 27.6%
Asian 23.7%
Two or More Races 4.4%
Unemployment:7.6%
Median household income:$58,308
High school graduation rate:84.5%
College graduation rate:41.5%
Related Jersey City offices
New Jersey Congressional Delegation
New Jersey State Legislature
New Jersey state executive offices
Jersey City is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey. As of 2013, its population was 257,342.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Jersey City utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Steven Fulop is the current Mayor of Jersey City.[3][4]

City council

The Jersey City City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[5]

Membership

The Jersey City City Council is made up of nine members. Six members are elected by the city's six wards, while two members and the council president are elected at-large.[6]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of appointed citizens and elected officials advises the Jersey City City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[7]

Budget

Jersey City's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $500 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City Hall - 280 Grove Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Phone: (201) 547-5200

City Council
City Hall, 280 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 547-5204

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Hudson County, New Jersey ballot measures

The city of Jersey City is in Hudson County. A list of ballot measures in Hudson County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in New Jersey

As a charter city, Jersey's process for initiative and referendum operates under the optional municipal charter laws.

Lobbying

As of November 2014, up-to-date information on Jersey City's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Mayor and city council members are listed with contact information. Term limits are also noted.[9][10]
  • City Council meeting schedule is provided.[11] Agendas and minutes are also posted.[12]
  • Local tax information is posted and payment methods are provided.[13][14]
  • RFPs and public contracts are posted.[15]
  • Administrators and contact information are listed for each department.
  • Open Public Records Act information and form are provided.[16]
  • Zoning information is available in the city's municipal code, but permitting information is not provided.[17][18]
  • Latest audits are posted.[19]
  • Budget is posted.[20]

The bad

  • Lobbying activity information is not provided.
  • Check registers are not posted.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
  2. City of Jersey City Municipal Code, Art. II.3-3, Art. III.3-10, accessed on October 28, 2014
  3. City of Jersey City Municipal Code, Art. III.3-10, accessed on October 28, 2014
  4. City of Jersey City, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 28, 2014
  5. City of Jersey City Municipal Code, Art. II.3-3, accessed on October 28, 2014
  6. City of Jersey City, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
  7. City of Jersey City, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 28, 2014
  8. City of Jersey City, "Jersey City Municipal Budget Book 2014," accessed on October 28, 2014
  9. City of Jersey City, "Mayor's Office," accessed on October 28, 2014
  10. City of Jersey City, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
  11. City of Jersey City, "Calendar," accessed on October 28, 2014
  12. City of Jersey City, "Agendas, Minutes," accessed on October 28, 2014
  13. City of Jersey City, "Property Taxes," accessed on October 28, 2014
  14. City of Jersey City, "Tax Collector's office," accessed on October 28, 2014
  15. City of Jersey City, "Public Contracts," accessed on October 28, 2014
  16. City of Jersey City, "Open Public Records Act," accessed on October 28, 2014
  17. City of Jersey City, "Zoning Enforcement," accessed on October 28, 2014
  18. City of Jersey City, "Municode," accessed on October 28, 2014
  19. City of Jersey City, "Audits," accessed on October 28, 2014
  20. City of Jersey City, "Budget," accessed on October 28, 2014