Hudsontv News Update: Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla Considers Congressional Run
The information presented in this article was first reported by New Jersey Globe
Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, is reportedly contemplating a Democratic primary campaign against Congressman Rob Menendez, son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. This potential move comes amidst concerns surrounding Senator Menendez’s indictment on federal bribery charges.
Sources indicate that Mayor Bhalla has been reaching out to Democratic leaders, expressing his interest in the congressional race. A spokesperson for Bhalla stated that while the Mayor remains committed to serving Hoboken’s residents, he is also seriously considering a bid for Congress. If he chooses to run, he is expected to be a strong contender with the ability to garner significant financial support.
Congressman Rob Menendez, representing the 8th congressional district in Hudson County, was elected last year. His election was facilitated by his father, Senator Menendez. However, with the Senator facing legal challenges and calls for resignation, the Congressman’s position may be at risk.
Mayor Bhalla, who has been serving Hoboken since 2018, is seen as a formidable opponent. He previously served on the Hoboken City Council and was elected as the city’s first Sikh mayor. If he secures a seat in Congress, he would be the first Sikh congressman since California Rep. Dalip Singh Saund in 1963.
However, a significant point of contention is the potential lack of Hispanic representation in Congress if Bhalla defeats Menendez. Senator Menendez has previously emphasized the importance of Hispanic representation, especially given the 53% Hispanic demographic in the 8th district.
The political landscape in Hudson County is complex, and while Bhalla’s potential candidacy poses a challenge to Congressman Menendez, the outcome remains uncertain.