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Inside Controversial Jersey City Bikeshare Plans

The New Yorker looks into the motivations of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop—who takes the bike route less traveled.
April 10, 2015, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Betsy Morais reports on the thinking behind the decision by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to split with a plan to develop a bikeshare system in partnership with neighboring cities Hoboken and Weehawken and instead link up with Citi Bike in New York City.

Fulop chose the more expensive route and also provoked the ire of his colleagues in the mayor's offices of Hoboken and Weehawken. Fulop chose the plan to integrate with New York despite its extra cost, but "[w]e’d be foolish if we didn’t try to capitalize on the proximity [to New York]," says Mayor Fulop in the article.

In addition to its insights into a high-profile decision, the article also reads like a bit of a biopic of a singular style of political leader.

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Published on Monday, April 6, 2015 in The New Yorker
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