Tuesday night’s post-election results were sobering to many of us. The message of hope we tried to deliver from our candidates for mayor and council was overshadowed by factors in which we had little control. Given the short runway and limited funding sources at the start, we were severely handicapped, but felt strongly about overcoming these odds.
With the exception of time, money, and party affiliation, I wouldn’t change a thing. There are always parts of a campaign to tweak, but the major things were out of our control. The Bhalla campaign knew that and took a bet which paid off. Unfortunately, the overall result was one of the ugliest campaigns on record in Hoboken. Even though we didn’t win, I am happy to congratulate the victors. I hope our campaign message of inclusion, accountability, and constituent services will resonate as priorities with the Bhalla Administration. My door is open to each of the newly elected with any help I can give.
Lastly, I extend my thanks to my family and all of the other candidate families who also experienced the stress of a campaign day in and day out, Jen, Jim, Jason and Sal for being great candidates, our volunteers who demonstrated a commitment like none other, our Campaign Steering Committee, and above all, you the voters who believed in Jen and her team. We love you for your support, and hope to earn it again in the future.
5th Ward Councilman