Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is being recognized nationally as a politician to watch.

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The 37-year-old has been named to the Washington Post's top 40 rising political stars under 40 list.

The honor comes just a year after he broke through the Hudson County political machine to defeat Jersey City incumbent, Jerramiah Healy, and become the city's new mayor.

Despite his relative lack of major political experience, Fulop is already considering a run for governor in 2017. Many experts even believe he's an early front-runner.