ELEC: Hoboken’s Team Bhalla combines for $171k cash on hand, IT team banks $20.5k


Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his slate have combined for $171,446.71 cash on hand, while the opposing Independently Together slate banked $20,557.08, according to campaign finance records released today.

From left to right: Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Council-at-Large candidate Joe Quintero, Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour, and Councilman-at-Large Jim Doyle. Photo courtesy of the Team Bhalla campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

After a big second quarter where the mayor raised $87,994 and had $191,279.91 COH, Bhalla raised just $10,504 in quarter 3, according to his October 7th report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Given that he’s running unopposed, the incumbent had little incentive to fundraise for himself and had enough on reserve to comfortably spend $44,104.75, the filing shows, leaving him with $157,379.16 at his disposal.

He donated $20,000 to his council slate, which consists of Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour, Councilman-at-Large Jim Doyle, and first time candidate Joe Quintero on September 20th.

Jabbour also put an additional $5,000 from her personal account on the same day. She also received a $313 donation from 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo on September 28th.

Their filing from the same day indicates $14,067.55 COH. It also shows that Vijay Chaudhuri, their campaign manager, was paid $10,000 the following day.

Their only slate challenge, the IT team of Cheryl Fallick, Sheila Brennan, and Paul Presinzano, raised $22,347.27 in the third quarter and only spent $1,1790.19, their October 4th ELEC report says.

The team has done some self-financing to date, with Brennan chipping in $6,000, and Fallick contributing $4,000. Presinzano also contributed $8,000 to the team account from his personal campaign account.

Independent candidate, Play! Hoboken owner Ian Rintel, loaned himself $25,000 on September 18th and has spent $5,174.80 so far, based on his October 8th ELEC filing.

Another independent candidate, Cindy Wiegand, has loaned herself $1,000 and only gone through $109.52 in expenditures so far, according to her October 4th report.

Manny Solar Rivera, who is also running on his own, filed an A-1 report with ELEC on September 27th, indicating that he would not spend more than $5,800 in this election cycle.

He has not filed anything since then, while Pat Waiters, who is also running for school board, has not filed any paperwork for the 2021 election cycle, ELEC’s online database shows.

The non-partisan Hoboken municipal elections where three council-at-large seats are up for grabs are on November 2nd and today is the last day to register to vote.

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  1. Ya gotta hand it to Michael Russo. He can sniff out the candidate most easy to control and tosses his lot behind that one. Target in question, Emily Jabbour. BULLSEYE!

  2. Support for the IT slate is overwhelming! When you account for the self-financing of $18K, their supporters really generously rallied around them with that $2.5K, which really was only $1,250 after their “donor” did the $2 for $1 match. Really super impressive!

  3. I think Jabbour is the gold standard on the City Council and Russo understands that. The real benefit of the 300 bucks to her is not cash but making his endorsement public to every B&R in Hoboken.

  4. The gold standard in Russo’s mind is Russo. Don’t you know that? Everything else is a calculation. Emily is just a patsy. She’s Ravi’s patsy too. Every corrupt politician needs an emily.

  5. There are no votes to be won or lost on this site but it certainly provides an opportunity for the leader of the real dooduses of Hoboken to Try to hone his doofus credentials.

    But I really wish he’d try out some new material. The old stuff wasn’t particularly good when it was fresh and it really hasn’t aged well

  6. but those days have long passed. he’s a social and political outcast in Hoboken, rebranded himself as a far, far right wing conspiracy nutter whose deranged and nasty obsessions border on threatening. The mayor would be wise to get a restraining order against this psycho.

  7. If you add loans as “receipts”, you need to subtract them as debt from the campaign’s net total funds. Per ELEC, Independently Together’s net worth is $10,557.08.

    (That includes $8,000 from candidate Presinzano)

    • If you are not wealthy like Cheryl claims not to be well explain how does she have the money to LOAN? Does Brennan live here full time or in one other many homes in other towns?