Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is backing Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33) for the new state senate seat in the 32nd Legislative District that came about due to legislative redistricting.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Over the past eight years, Raj Mukherji has been a tireless fighter for the people of Hudson County, representing some of the most diverse communities in our state,” Murphy said in a statement.
“Whether as a job-creating CEO, Deputy Mayor of his beloved Jersey City, local prosecutor, or as a prolific lawmaker, Raj has excelled and championed progressive values and helped shape a stronger and fairer New Jersey.”
The New Jersey Apportionment Commission approved a map for new legislative districts yesterday, stunningly drawing state Senators Nick Sacco (D-32) and Brian Stack (D-33) into the 33rd Legislative District, leaving an open seat in LD-32.
Mukherji announced he’d seek the seat last night, almost simultaneously rolling out endorsements from Stack, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
The new district includes Jersey City Wards C, D, and E, along with Hoboken.
“Raj represents a new generation of leadership and I know the people of Jersey City and Hoboken have no better representative, which is why I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy for State Senate,” Murphy added.
He may well be a nice guy, and very qualified. That said, I am concerned that we are becoming a county of appointments rather than elections.