He was going to address the city’s economic development, the things that are coming — and those that have started, Mayor Jimmy Davis told me right before he stepped up the podium to deliver his State of the City speech Thursday night at Villa Maria restaurant.

“But we’re also going to be talking about how we’ve been working towards making Bayonne 
a much more inclusive community, getting everybody together and coming together as one,” Davis says. “So we enjoy ourselves like it was when I was a kid.”

According to the mayor, we all understand what Bayonne’s problems are — the Board of Education, etc.

He says right now it’s just a matter of moving the city forward.

Davis also addressed his recent allegations.

“A lot has been said over the past couple of weeks about my personal life. I’d just like to take this moment to reassure everyone that I am fully committed to being the Mayor of Bayonne,” the mayor says to thunderous applause.

“I love this city, I love the people in this city and I love it when someone asks me where I’m from and I get to say, ‘I’m from Bayonne.’

“Those three words tell you who I am, how I think — how I was raised and how I approach life.”

Davis says he’s from Bayonne and he’s focused on his job. He’s committed to working for the citizens.

Davis says he’s from Bayonne and he’s dedicated to building a better Bayonne.

“I’m from Bayonne and like the rest of the people in this room, I want the best for Bayonne and Bayonne is going to get its best from me.

“I’m honored and privileged to be the Mayor of Bayonne. I can assure you, as long as I am the mayor, we will remain as proud as ever to say, ‘I’m from Bayonne.’”

Although development is important, Davis says getting new tax revenue is the best way to begin to dig their way out of a financial hole.

But he says it’s not the sole focus of his administration.

According to the mayor, it’s improving the quality of life of the residents.

“That includes ensuring our safety, protecting our investments, educating our children, providing recreation opportunities, attracting and keeping jobs in our city.”

Davis says they’ve done these things well for a long time. They want to and will do them better.

“I’d like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for running this event and hosting the State of the City event every year. I’m proud as the mayor to be part of this long-standing tradition here in Bayonne,” Davis says.

To hear Davis’ State of the City address in its entirety, watch Hudson TV’s live video on Facebook…