Bhalla reiterates support for Cordova, Decker, Cohen, & Myers in Hoboken Wards 1, 2, 5, & 6


Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla reiterated his support for Rafi Cordova in the 1st Ward, Marla Decker in the 2nd Ward, Councilman Phil Cohen in the 5th Ward, and Lauren Myers in the 6th Ward today.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Rafi has a longtime, proven record as a community activist and dedicated citizen. As an active volunteer, he has demonstrated his deep commitment to Hoboken and the people who live in our city; particularly those facing difficult life challenges,” Bhalla said in a statement that he previously posted on Twitter.

“His compassion for others is unmatched, and if you’ve met him at the doors, you will quickly get to know that he running for the right reasons: to make his community a better place to live. I know he will bring that same dedication and effectiveness to the City Council.”

He also commended Cordova for working hard to fairly resolve landlord/tenant disputes, his thoughtful policy platforms, and “someone committed to to delivering results for his neighbors in a genuine way.”

In the 1st Ward race, the three candidates are seeking an open seat since Councilman Mike DeFusco is not running for a third term. Cordova challenges administration critic Paul Presinzano and former Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini.

Next door in the 2nd Ward contest, attorney Marla Decker looks to unseat Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, Bhalla’s most definitive political adversary on the council.

“Marla is the kind of problem solver we need on the City Council. Her experience as an attorney and finance professional, combined with her proven ability to find common ground will make her a tremendous asset to all residents,” Bhalla said in a statement that he also previously posted on Twitter.

” … Over the past several years, I’ve seen Marla as an active participant in the Rebuild by Design community feedback process, and joining in the many rallies and events to successfully fight to secure Union Dry Dock as public open space. And, most recently, she initiated and organized the Rent for Refugees program, helping Ukrainian refugees with new housing, food and other necessities.”

He continued that Decker is someone that can work constructively with his office with items like building out Maritime Park and seeing Union Dry Dock through, calling her “a humble, compassionate, and kind individual” that is easy to work with.

Additionally, Bhalla explained why he thinks Cohen is worthy of being re-elected in the 5th Ward.

“Phil Cohen is a true champion of our city’s progress, serving as a leader on the Council on reducing flooding, expanding and maintaining our parks, making our streets safer, and keeping Hoboken on a sound long-term fiscal path,” he said in an email blast.

“Phil has been instrumental in planning and supporting our federal resiliency program — Rebuild by Design — and on building and opening ResilienCity Park, transforming Northwest Hoboken — among other initiatives improving our quality of life and preparing us for the stronger, wetter storms resulting from climate change.”

This afternoon, the mayor also sent out an email blast speaking highly of Lauren Myers, the candidate he endorsed in the 6th Ward race against Councilwoman Jen Giattino, who is heavily favored in a race that also features Play! Hoboken owner Ian Rintel.

“Lauren will infuse the City Council with a fresh perspective and new energy. Lauren is a skilled litigator who handles difficult commercial cases, and I believe that her legal skills and ability to navigate complex issues will be a strong asset on the Council,” he wrote.

“As your Councilwoman, Lauren will continue to build on the progress my administration has made to make Hoboken a safer place to walk, bike and drive. Since moving to Hoboken, Lauren has been an advocate for improvements to parking and stop signs throughout the 6th ward. If elected to City Council, Lauren will be able to more effectively represent the interests of the 6th ward.”

He also said he believes she will be an active participant in the budgeting process, hold the line on taxes, as well as that she earned the designation of a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate.

Early voting is underway, with the polls open at City Hall, 94 Washington St., until 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, and then 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The non-partisan Hoboken ward council races will be decided on Tuesday, November 7th, where the polls will be open from 6 a.m until 8 p.m.


Editor’s note: This story was updated to include Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s expressed support for Lauren Myers in the 6th Ward. 

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  1. Wow! The Lauren Myers aka Dumpster Myers campaign is such a dumpster fire that Bhalla is walking back his support. Pat Waiters really exposed her campaign by getting under her skin with her usual comments about lawyers. After the Waiters smack down, Myers was allegedly found in Stevens bathroom crying her eyes out. No wonder why she isn’t knocking doors with Emily and Joe anymore. When even the Mayor realizes that you are a sinking ship, your campaign is toast.

    • Ravi’s slate was already in trouble as his duplicitous, nasty treatment of anyone who dares to differ with him is backfiring. Unclear how many people will see Zimmer’s charges Ravi is selling Hoboken out for personal gain. Voters already know.

  2. Rob Horowitz and Vijay Chaudhuri as Ravi Bhalla’s political fixers had to know what their boss was doing on not doing. They are also heading up Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, Councilmen Phil Cohen, James Doyle, Joe Quintero individual political organizations. Apparently they have been told to remain silent until after the Tuesday elections.