Hoboken elected its first Sikh mayor on Tuesday night time, days after a flyer branded him as a “terrorist.”
Ravinder Bhalla, a councilman born and raised in New Jersey, defeated 5 different candidates to take the place of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who introduced she would step down after two phrases.
Bhalla celebrated his victory by thanking his supporters and saying, “We’ve been through a bruising campaign…but now is the time we come together and see who we can work with to bring this city forward.”
Last week, a flyer was left on automobile windshields across the metropolis, picturing Bhalla with the phrases “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our Town” printed over his head.
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Bhalla, who spoke to the Daily News on Saturday, stated, “There’s been an undercurrent of racism I’ve seen in this campaign. That sort of whispering campaign has come to the surface now, where people have the audacity to send a flyer like that.”
While the flyers had been stamped with fellow mayoral candidate Mike DeFusco’s title, he denied any involvement, saying the flyer altered an current marketing campaign mailer so as to add the slanderous terrorism line.
“I condemn this piece of racist garbage in the strongest possible terms,” DeFusco stated in an announcement. “Political stunts like this are everything that’s wrong with politics today.”
DeFusco’s marketing campaign members reported the flyers to Hoboken police, who stated they’re investigating it as a bias incident.
Police launched surveillance footage on Monday and stated they’re searching for two individuals of curiosity in connection to the incident.
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