Hoboken mayor, entire city council, get on board for Congressman Sires’ re-election bid

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Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and all nine members of the city council are on board with U.S. Rep. Albio Sires’ (D-8) re-election bid ahead of next week’s primary in a rare show of unanimous unity among electeds in the Mile Square City.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla (left) and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8). Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Throughout his tenure in Congress, Congressman Sires has been a strong ally for Hoboken and delivered when our city needed him the most. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Congressman Sires worked tirelessly with our federal elected officials to secure an unprecedented $230 million for flood mitigation through Rebuild by Design, and most recently $14 million through FEMA for our Northwest Resiliency Park,” the 10 dignitaries said in statement.

“Whether it’s fighting for Hoboken’s climate change efforts, securing the resources to extend the Hudson-Bergen light rail through Hoboken, or ensuring our city receives its fair share in COVID-19 funding, Congressman Sires has a proven track record of fighting for our mile square. We are proud to lend our steadfast support for his re-election campaign.”

While the endorsement isn’t a complete shock since Sires has had the formal backing of the Hudson County Democratic Organization since February, it is unusual for Bhalla and the full council to agree on much of anything – particularly during their current budget crunch.

The July 7th primary, which will be contested primarily via vote-by-mail, pits Sires against Will Sheehan and Hector Oseguera, the latter of which has gotten the incumbent’s attention recently.