Ex-Jet Michael Faulkner drops out of NYC mayor race

Republican Michel Faulkner is dropping out of the race for mayor — but will run for city controller instead, he said Sunday.

Faulkner, a former New York Jet and now a Harlem minister, launched a long-shot bid to defeat Mayor de Blasio more than two years before the 2017 election. He now says he’s abandoning that bid, which has raised little money, and will take on Controller Scott Stringer.

“New York City needs new financial leadership to end the unsustainable tax-and-spend policies that are making the city unaffordable for many of our citizens and putting the Big Apple at risk of financial distress,” Faulkner said.

“I now intend to run a vigorous general election campaign for controller against Scott Stringer.”

Faulkner abandoning that bid, which has raised little money, and will take on Controller Scott Stringer.

Faulkner abandoning that bid, which has raised little money, and will take on Controller Scott Stringer.

(Bryan R. Smith)

Stringer’s campaign manager Ilana Goldman welcomed his new challenger to the race.

“We look forward to a substantive campaign and healthy debate,” Goldman said.

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