Jersey City’s Ward F Council candidate Frank “Educational” Gilmore held a press conference earlier this week outside of his community center at 135 Monticello Avenue. Gilmore, who is challenging incumbent Councilman Jermaine Robinson, was reacting to racist attack flyers which had been placed on car windshields on Tuesday morning. Gilmore called for the re-election campaign of Mayor Steven Fulop to denounce the flyers. A spokesperson for the Mayor’s campaign, Phil Swibinski, says they were not involved with the flyers.
The flyers had an image of Gilmore which was intended to be a mug shot, but it was not his headshot, nor was it his campaign flyer. The message stated “Vote No” and listed Gilmore’s previous arrests and charges, alongside claims he “destroyed Black children in Ward F.” The flyers did not contain a paid for line as is required by law.
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During his press conference, Gilmore said he has been completely transparent about his past criminal record and he called out the media to “do your due diligence” and check the record, and he also claims to not have been convicted of employing a juvenile to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. A background check of his criminal record shows that Gilmore was charged in 2004 of employing a juvenile to sell drugs.
The campaign for Ward F Councilman Robinson issued this statement from the incumbent: