This writer is with Mayor Fulop, left, and former JC City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr.
ON MY WATCH
By MANUEL L. CABALLERO
JERSEY CITY MAYOR ANNOUNCES HE WILL RUN FOR NJ GOVERNOR; WILL FIL AM ROLANDO LAVARRO RUN FOR JC MAYOR?; STATUS OF CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA
JERSEY CITY- Three-term Mayor Steven Fulop of this 2nd largest city in the Garden State announced Tuesday he will run for governor of New Jersey in the 2025 election. The incumbent governor, Phil Murphy, cannot seek re-election due to term limit.
In making the announcement, Mayor Fulop said, "From my time serving as a U.S. Marine to leading Jersey City as mayor, my career has always been guided by a strong desire to take on difficult challenges and find solutions that help improve peoples’ lives, and now I’m running for governor to bring those same values to Trenton."
Jersey City is home to some 15,000 Filipino Americans. This explains the presence of numerous Filipino restaurants around the city.
It has been the experience here that when Filipinos go out and support a certain candidate in an election, that candidate wins due to number.
It happened in previous elections when Fil Am Rolando Lavarro Jr. won a seat in the city council and even became its president.
My big question now is whether my friend Rolando will run for mayor in 2025? If he will, I think, he should sound off first who his rivals will be. I believe there are a number of local personalities who will be considering to run.
During the recent Holy Week, the age-old question about the fate of Christianity as a faith in America was brought up again.
According to an online story, Thomas Jefferson, one of America's framers of its Constitution, predicted in the 1820s that "Christianity would be replaced in the US by a more enlightened form of religion that rejected Jesus' divinity and belief in miracles.
Instead, Jefferson's prophecy was followed by a series of revivals, including the Second Great Awakening, which swept across America and reasserted Christianity as a dominant force in American life."
However, recent surveys about Christianity in America haven't been favorable.
Today, about 64% of Americans are Christians. Fifty years ago, same news story said, that number was 90%. According to a 2020 Pew Research Center study, Christianity may no longer be the majority faith in the US by 2070.
It is believed, however, that continuous migration of Christians to the US will keep Christianity in the majority.