Mayor Zimmer endorses Councilman Ravi Bhalla for NJ Assembly seat and Column C
My name is Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken. This coming Tuesday, June 7th are Democratic Primary and Democratic Committee elections throughout Hudson County. In the 33rd Legislative District, I am enthusiastically supporting Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla for State Assembly in Column “C”. I urge you to do the same.
Like me, Ravi is an independent idealogical Democrat, working to end the machine culture of patronage, ensure fiscal responsibility, and fight for strong public schools. With Ravi’s help on the Hoboken City Council, we have improved City services, replaced political hires with professional and highly qualified directors and cut taxes by 10% over the past year while the rest of the state, including Jersey City and Hudson County keep increasing taxes.
Ravi to his credit also worked with me this year to introduce campaign finance reform legislation inHoboken that would help end the culture of corruption in the Democratic Party.
I know that Ravi will work to bring these same reforms to Trenton. We need legislators at the state level who are willing to work with local government on issues like tax reform, campaign finance reform, improving educational achievement, and sustainable job growth.
We must change the way the Democratic Party operates here in Hudson County. I urge you to vote for Ravi Bhalla in Column “C” for Change.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer
Talking Ed Note: There’s a number of positive factors coming together on behalf of Ravi Bhalla’s campaign to nail down the second Assembly seat against Jersey City’s Sean Connors.
Union City Mayor Brian Stack has not shown much interest in backing Sean Connors, many say he is viewed as an ambitious threat and the same holds true in Jersey City itself with declared mayoral candidate Steve Fulop.
In Weehawken the whispers are that Mayor Turner told Sean Connors not to come. It’s unclear if it was meant to say no need to bother or more along the lines of the votes will be there.
The HCDO slate led by Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith initially threw Ravi Bhalla under the bus although some believe Ravi initially ran at his behest. Now Mayor Stack is not lifting a finger in a key voting demographic on behalf of Sean Connors and an influential Councilman in his own town is organizing votes against him.
Meanwhile Councilman Ravi Bhalla has fielded a full campaign operation with dozens of workers hitting all areas of the 33rd district. There’s little doubt Ravi is closing and a victory is within reach here.
The decisive final factor may be turnout in Hoboken. Which means once again, Hoboken voters may be having more say in both the County and State if they make the effort and turn out the vote here.
A side benefit is that Column C is facing a full out effort from the Old Guard led by Councilman Mike Russo’s mother, Michele Russo. They are desperate to get their hands on any local machinery possible as a mechanism to move campaign money into Hoboken.
Historically the Hoboken Democratic Committee has been one of their favored vehicles in doing so.