The Latest: Company stands by anti-Kushner bias accusation

August 8, 2019 GMT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit accusing Jersey City of political bias against real estate companies associated with White House adviser Jared Kushner (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

A real estate company is reacting to a judge’s ruling dismissing a claim that Jersey City breached agreements on a $900 million project out of political bias against President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

One Journal Square and affiliated companies sued the city last year. They claim city officials served a notice of default because of hostility against Jared Kushner.

Kushner was CEO of Kushner Properties, a major investor in One Journal Square.


In an emailed statement, One Journal Square says the judge didn’t make a final ruling on the merits of the claims. The company says it expects to prove Mayor Steven Fulop and city officials have violated the company’s rights.


3:30 p.m.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges Jersey City breached agreements with a group of real estate companies because of animosity toward President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

Before he was named senior adviser to the president, Jared Kushner was CEO of Kushner Properties, a major investor in the companies pursuing the $900 million project.

The companies claimed the city issued a notice of default last year out of political retribution. They cited critical tweets by Democratic Mayor Steven Fulop. They city denied the allegations.

The judge wrote Thursday that the companies didn’t prove the theory in part because the city took its action more than a year after Kushner joined the administration.

The companies can still pursue other claims in state court.

An attorney representing the plaintiffs didn’t immediately comment.