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