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Mayor of New Jersey's Hoboken city
Ravinder Bhalla has become the first ever Sikh mayor of New Jersey's Hoboken city after a stiff competition that turned ugly when he was labelled a terrorist in slanderous flyers. Bhalla was endorsed by current Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who in a surpri sing decision announced not to run for re-election in June.He is the first Sikh to hold elected office in New Jersey.
Bhalla, who has been on the city council for more than seven years, claimed the victory at a pub on Tuesday with dozens of his supporters, as well as his friends and family .
“Thank you Hoboken. I look forward to being your Mayor!,“ Bhalla tweeted. “We've been through a bruising campaign... but now is the time we come to gether and see who we can work with to bring this city forward,“ he said. He bested a six-person field of challengers.
The race turned ugly in recent days when doctored campaign flyers began circulating anonymously calling Bhalla a terrorist The flyers had a photo of Bhalla and a slogan above it saying: “Don't let terrorism take over our Town!“. The flyers were not the first time he had been referred to as a terrorist. A Jersey City man had previously tweeted: “How the hell did Hoboken allow this guy to be a councilman. He shouldn't even be allowed in the US #terrorist.“