Bhalla, a lifelong New Jersey resident and attorney, will be the first Sikh Indian mayor of the mile-square city. He succeeds the city's first female mayor, Dawn Zimmer.
Bhalla has served on the City Council for eight years and faced five opponents in the heated race.
On election night, Bhalla told his supporters, "I just want to thank everyone in this room for having faith in me, having faith in our community, having faith in our state, and having faith in our country. This is what America is all about."
On Twitter, one user wrote, in response to a Reporter tweet about his victory, "JERSEY IS REALLY DOING THE DAMN THING."
Another wrote, "LOOK AT ALL THE BLACK AND BROWN POLITICIANS OUT HERE WINNING I AM SO PROUD."
Several users also praised a man who tweeted, in response to Bhalla's victory, "I did not vote for him, but I hope he does a good job." In response to this, someone wrote, "This. Please, Dems, Republicans - read this [expletive] Tweet. This is the attitude America needs to regain its sanity."
The Hoboken race made national news over the weekend because someone passed out flyers in the city with the word "terrorism" alongside a picture of Bhalla. The police are investigating to determine who distributed the flyers.
On Twitter on Tuesday night, one user wrote, "this is really wonderful...especially because it shows #HateWillNeverWin"
Bhalla, in fact, had sent out numerous campaign mailers throughout the election saying he'll stand up to Donald Trump if elected. Zimmer had said for some time that some of Trump's policies could hurt Hoboken residents, including policies on climate change.
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