Jersey City mayor in turf war with Rhode Island surfers

Jersey City mayor in turf war with Rhode Island surfers

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Not in my other backyard! 

Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop is in a turf war with surfers who use the beach by his second home in Narragansett, Rhode Island, according to a report. 

Rowdy surfers have reportedly been wreaking havoc near Fulop’s oceanfront home and destroying the serenity — with the mayor complaining that the sandy scoundrels have stolen outdoor furniture, stripped off in view of his house, and have used his front lawn as their own personal surfboard storage space, according to the Boston Globe.

In retaliation, Fulop has been furiously helping to fight a proposal to increase public parking near the beach — leading to a dispute with local Councilman, Patrick Murray, who ranted at a January Town Council meeting about even part-time residents using the beach.

Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea, left, and Mayor Steven Fulop take questions from journalists during a news conference in Jersey City, N.J., Monday, June 12, 2017
Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop, right.
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Fulop then whined that he was “embarrassed” publicly by the local official. 

“In my entire life I have never been as embarrassed by an elected official as I have been by the conduct of Patrick Murray tonight,” Fulop said at a January Town Council meeting of the councilman, according to the Boston Globe. 

“He didn’t make one cogent point other than being the loudest one and drowning out every council member that tries to have a dialogue.”

“I constantly feel like we are under attack as residents in that community,” Fulop, whose wife grew up in Narragansett, moaned. 

Google maps view of Steven Fulop's home under construction
The Jersey City mayor claims surfers have been using the front lawn of his New England home as storage for surfboards
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But Murray welcomed the Democratic Jersey City mayor’s NIMBY rage.

“I take it as a badge of honor if some liberal politician from New Jersey calls me the worst politician he’s ever met,” Murray told the paper. 

“Are you kidding me? I’m trying to figure out where to hang it on my jacket. That’s a frickin’ badge. I’m honored he dislikes my politics.”

In a statement, a Fulop spokesman defended the mayor’s out-of-state civic participation. 

“Just like any resident in Jersey City is encouraged to engage at Council meetings on issues they care about, Mayor Fulop has participated in two Narragansett Council meetings via Zoom to share his views on an issue related to car traffic on his street and the safety of his two children,” spokesman Philip Swibinski told The Post Wednesday. 

“He’s a very civic minded person who believes in the importance of engaging on public policy issues and he brings that same intention to his personal life as well as his public service to Jersey City.”

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