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Hoboken elects first Sikh mayor after flyer attacks him as ‘terrorist’

Ravinder Bhalla, a councilman born and raised in New Jersey, defeated five other candidates to become Hoboken's fir...

Hoboken elected its first Sikh mayor on Tuesday night, days after a flyer branded him as a “terrorist.”

Ravinder Bhalla, a councilman born and raised in New Jersey, defeated five other candidates to take the place of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who announced she would step down after two terms.

Bhalla celebrated his victory by thanking his supporters and saying, “We’ve been through a bruising campaign...but now is the time we come together and see who we can work with to bring this city forward.” 

Last week, a flyer was left on car windshields around the city, picturing Bhalla with the words “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our Town” printed over his head.

Bhalla, who spoke to the Daily News on Saturday, said, “There’s been an undercurrent of racism I’ve seen in this campaign. That sort of whispering campaign has come to the surface now, where people have the audacity to send a flyer like that.”