Assemblyman from Trenton Running for Mayor
New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora announced Friday he's running for mayor of Trenton, saying he's fought for the city repeatedly while a state legislator.
"I believe I have a lot to offer Trenton as a leader and that my experience will help me create better outcomes for our citizens," the 15th district legislator said in a statement.
Gusciora, a Democrat who has been in the state assembly since 1996, issued a statement declaring his candidacy about an hour after Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson publicly announced he would not seek a second term.
In his statement, Gusciora said:
"As a legislator, I've come to understand the big-picture issues that affect our urban areas, and how their deeply interconnected nature can compound existing problems. The only way to address one issue is by addressing multiple issues simultaneously."
The now-candidate's statement mentioned:
- increasing reliance on community policing and police resources, "so people feel safe walking down the street to local businesses any time, day or night."
- investing in communities, promoting homeownership, and holding predatory landlords accountable for their actions, "so that lifelong Trenton residents, as well as newcomers, feel comfortable living, working, and playing in the City.
- improving educational outcomes, "so that graduates have jobs that pay well enough to support them and their families."
Gusciora, who lives in Trenton's Hiltonia neighborhood, said he'll work with new Gov. Phil Murphy, in order to promote Trenton's "revitalization."
"For the past eight years, we've all watched as Governor Christie ignored the City of Trenton, much to its detriment," he said.
Trenton needs a mayor with strong relationships with state and county officials to make sure it benefits from the progressive policies Murphy has promised, Gusciora believes.
"I've built those critical connections, and am ready to put them to work in a new role," he said.