Hoboken 5th Ward Councilman Cohen endorses Team Bhalla for 3 council-at-large seats


Hoboken 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen is endorsing Team Bhalla for the three contested council-at-large seats in the non-partisan November 2nd municipal elections.

From left to right: Hoboken Council-at-Large candidate Joe Quintero, 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen, Councilman-at-Large Jim Doyle, and Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour. Photo courtesy of Team Bhalla.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Cohen is also endorsing Mayor Ravi Bhalla himself, though endorsements aren’t all that essential in that contest since the incumbent is running unopposed.

“I’m proud to enthusiastically endorse Ravi Bhalla for Mayor, and Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour and Joe Quintero for City Council,” he began in a statement.

“Council members Jabbour and Doyle have a proven track record of working with Mayor Bhalla on some of Hoboken’s most consequential issues, including defending our waterfront from a refueling station and large-scale development, and keeping our residents safe during the pandemic. And I know Joe Quintero has the smarts, work ethic, and tenacity to make an excellent addition to the City Council.”

Cohen’s endorsement is pretty academic, since he was a part of Team Bhalla in the 2019 municipal elections and has been a top political ally of his, along with Doyle and Jabbour, ever since.

The announcement comes just a few hours after Councilwomen Tiffanie Fisher and Jen Giattino backed the “Independently Together” slate, in another move that was very much expected sooner than later in the Mile Square City’s political arena.

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  1. Defended the city from large scale development! Sir, you can’t be serious! This mayor is ramming through as much massive development as he can and his rubber stamps are right there with him. They must be removed and we can’t add to your numbers No way. No how. Looking elsewhere and I vote.

    • That would be due to the independent City Council which refused to let Ravi Bhalla take all the federal cash and keep it. Then there’s his attempt to impose an insane $300 mask penalty if people dared to step outside their door and breathe air freely.

      What a pathetic joke Ravi is, a bad joke.

    • Agree, Frank. No mayor or council is perfect, they all can improve. But I and most everyone I know (aka, not the biased political hacks who make up nonsense about the administration here) think this slate will do well for the city.

      I can never figure out if the anti-Bhalla commenters here are living so much in their own bubble that they don’t know normal residents like the mayor and what he’s done, or if they absolutely know the mayor is popular and are just desperately flinging any nonsense they can think of against the wall.

        • Luckily, it appears there’s only one guy like that, the lonely former Lime Scooter charger who used to have a local blog (“on hiatus”). He’s the only person who posts all the nutty terror flyer comments on every story, everyone else knows it’s nonsense.

          My guess is in addition to him, there are a couple of political hacks (possibly paid) who have a vested interest in slagging off the mayor and administration but don’t get into all the crazy racist MAGA stuff.