Ravi Bhalla wins Hoboken mayoral election days after flyers label him terrorist

New Jersey
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Ravinder Bhalla became Hoboken’s first ever Sikh mayor Tuesday night just days after being targeted by flyers labeling him a terrorist.

HOBOKEN, NJ — Ravinder Bhalla will become Hoboken’s first ever Sikh mayor. He won Tuesday night’s election just days after being targeted by flyers labeling him a terrorist.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer decided not to run for re-election in June. She had endorsed Bhalla, an Indian-American born in New Jersey, to take her place.

Bhalla has been on the city council for more than seven years.

The recent flyers were not the first time he’d been referred to as a terrorist. A Jersey City man previously tweeted: “how the hell did Hoboken allow this guy to be a councilman. He shouldn’t even be allowed in the U.S. #terrorist.”

Bhalla tweeted about the flyers. They read “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our Town!” over a picture of Bhalla.

“Of course this is troubling, but we won’t let hate win,” Bhalla said.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Jersey Videos

Jersey Shore looking to make comeback after dismal 2020

Jersey hits vaccine benchmark

Newark officers reach out to community

NJ woman dying of ALS lives dream of watching son graduate high school

As NY spends full day with restrictions relaxed, it may want to look to NJ for fighting the next COVID battle

George Floyd statue unveiled in Newark

More New Jersey

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss