Hoboken’s Ravi Bhalla, who dropped out of 33rd District Assembly race, endorses Jersey City’s Peter Basso for seat
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HUDSON COUNTY – Hoboken Councilman At-Large Ravinder Bhalla endorsed candidate Peter Basso for New Jersey State Assembly 33rd District seat in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election. There are several candidates vying for two open Assembly seats. Bhalla has already expressed his dissatisfaction with another candidate, Carmelo Garcia, who is the executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority and is supported by State Sen. Brian Stack. Bhalla had been previously been a candidate for the 33rd District seat himself, but abandoned his candidacy last month after Garcia was successful in beating a lawsuit from residents who felt the two positions would be a conflict. Bhalla had apparently hoped Garcia would be forced to drop out. But Bhalla's name remains on the ballot since he only left after ballot positions had been drawn and printed.

A resident of the Jersey City Heights, Peter Basso is running independently. But he is allied with Jersey City Mayor-Elect Steve Fulop. Fulop has not officially endorsed him.

The 33rd District spans Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, and portions of Jersey City.

“I want to express my strong support for Peter Basso to represent the 33rd Legislative District,” Bhalla said in a prepared statement. “Our district needs legislators who are competent, honest, sincere, qualified and have the time and energy to serve constituents. Peter is all of that and more. Peter will be an independent voice for the people of the 33rd District and no one else. I urge you to cast your vote for Peter Basso for State Assembly on June 4, Column [3C].”

Apparently, Bhalla is siding with the Fulop allied candidate rather than Stack's candidates or the others.

In Tuesday’s party primaries, Democratic and Republican voters in the 33rd District will chose candidates to represent their parties in the November General Election. Democrats will select two Assembly candidates Tuesday for the General Election, as will Republicans.

In addition to Basso, the field of Democrats includes Raj Mukherji (running on a slate with Stack and Carmelo Garcia and supported by the Hudson County Democratic Organization), John Hilt IV, and Anthony Mills. Mukherji is a Jersey City deputy mayor.

Mills, who also lives in Jersey City, is bracketed with Hilt. See related news stories on the lower half of the page.

The field of Republican candidates for the 33rd District includes Jude Anthony Tiscornia and Armando Hernandez, who are running bracketed together.

“Ravi’s vote of confidence in me is one I value highly,” Basso said. “When I entered this race, it was very important for me to build a network of progressive-minded and independent leaders, who put the needs of our district, and not their self-interest, first. Ravi has been a strong representative for the people of Hoboken. As an attorney and a councilman, he has fought for civil rights and good government, but most importantly, he has allowed his constituents to feel they are being heard. I promise not to let Ravi or the good people of our district down, and like him, I will dedicate myself to doing the people’s business.”

Basso is an employment/civil rights attorney and community activist who has spent the last several years working with local organizations to better his neighborhood. Basso is the former President of the Washington Park Association and vice president of the Jersey City Parks Coalition.

While there are several candidates for the two Assembly seats, the Democratic and Republican state Senate candidates are running unchallenged for their respective nominations.

Polls on Tuesday will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. – E. Assata Wright

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ReelDealHob
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June 03, 2013
IN response to relevance: In an earlier reporter article, I forget which week, Ravi had all good things to say about Stack because ravi thought carmelo was going to be out of the rce and Stack might endorse him. He would not have endorsed Basso if that had happened in my opinion, despite basso's merit's and Stack's lack thereof.

It is time to urge people to stop being Reform only when it's convenient for them politicially. Ravi is a worst offender on this but I have hope for him.
relevance
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June 03, 2013
Whether he is bitter or not, endorsing someone who works part time so he can advocate on behalf of our district fulltime is a step in the right direction, don't you think?

By endorsing Peter, Ravi did just as you asked.
VoteHoboken
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June 03, 2013
As someone who wants to see political reform in Hudson County succeed, I would agree that Peter Basso is the much better choice in today's election for Assemblyman.

ReelDealHob
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June 03, 2013
What if Stack had ended up endorsing Ravi if Carmelo had dropped out? Ravi would have been all over Stack, kissing and making up. That was clear. But Stack did not, so Ravi sends him a message by only supporting Basso.

If Stack had gotten behind Ravi, Ravi would never have given Basso the time of day.

An increasing number of people are tired with people who claim to be Reform but play the same politics as others and offer excuses, particularly Ravi who's firm donated to Stack. He also said in that story that he had lots of 'respect" for Stack. Ravi, choose to come into the light completely and reject the dark side. 50 percent reform is not good enough for those of us who care.

Anyone who disagrees with me, answer the question, would Ravi have endorsed Mr. Basso had Carmelo dropped out, or would he have avoided upsetting Stack and Raj? No, he probably would have courted him.

Just my opinoins, but am i wrong?
relevance
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June 03, 2013
How does anything that you say deny this truth:

Bhalla said in a prepared statement. “Our district needs legislators who are competent, honest, sincere, qualified and have the time and energy to serve constituents. Peter is all of that and more. Peter will be an independent voice for the people of the 33rd District and no one else. I urge you to cast your vote for Peter Basso for State Assembly on June 4, Column [3C].”

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Ravi could have thrown his support to any other candidate NOT in Stack's stack, but he chose Peter. Why? Because Peter Basso is clearly the best candidate. His only interest in power is to disseminate it to the people he represents. He isn't trying to be a powerbroker, he's trying to break it so the interest of the people can get through.