Zimmer’s chief of staff resigns to manage Bhalla’s Hoboken mayoral campaign


Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhuri is stepping down to manage Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla’s bid to succeed her. Ravi-Vijay

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Vijay has seen Hoboken through many challenges and has been a valuable team member in many of our accomplishments for our City’s residents,” Zimmer said in a statement.

“I thank him very much for his strong dedication to our City and wish him the very best in the future.”

Chaudhuri was brought into the chief of staff role in February 2015 to replace Daniel Bryan, who briefly worked with Beckerman Public Relations before joining Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.

In a separate media release, Bhalla, who received Zimmer’s endorsement after she announced she wouldn’t be seeking a third term in June, said he was pleased to formally bringing Chaudhuri on board.

“I am pleased that Vijay is coming on board full time. Together with Christian [Duffy], he gives us a strong ground team to lead us to victory on November 7th.”

“I am excited to join Ravi Bhalla’s mayoral campaign. Ravi is both the most qualified person running for mayor and the candidate best positioned to win on Election Day,” Chaudhuri added.

“The campaign has already raised over $150,000, knocked on well over 2,000 doors, secured the grassroots support of residents all across Hoboken, and earned the full support of Mayor Zimmer. I look forward to helping Ravi and Team Bhalla cross the finish line in first place on November 7.”

Duffy, the Bhalla team’s field director, was deputy field director for Jim Johnson’s gubernatorial campaign, as well as a regional organizing director for the Hillary Clinton for president campaign.

Chaudhuri’s resignation at City Hall is effective Wednesday and he’ll begin work with the Bhalla campaign on Thursday, he also told Hudson County View.

Furthermore, Chaudhuri was not the only high ranking Hoboken City Hall official to announce his resignation today: Parking Director John Morgan will work his final day for the Mile Square City tomorrow.

“I thank Director Morgan for his years of service to Hoboken,” began Zimmer.

“He played a key role in helping our team advance the Washington Street redesign project, Southwest traffic circulation plan, Newark Street safety improvement project, Sinatra Drive shared use path, pay-by-phone parking option, bike share program, upgrades to the Hop shuttle, and many other projects that have improved the safety and quality of life of our community. I wish him continued success as he takes his next steps in his career.”

Morgan used to be the parking director in Westfield and was brought into Hoboken in February 2012 after the former city parking chief was sentenced to seven years in prison for participating in a $600,000 theft scheme (h/t The Jersey Journal).

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  1. Let’s get rid of the parking ticket and towing fraud in Hoboken. Also, stop with the help of the Mayor’s , now ex-assistant, throwing residents trying to do business out of City Hall. A three-some Hoboken gladly sees gone!

  2. Morgan was responsible for causing chaos and confusion in our city throughout his term. Sure he generated revenue, but he did so on the backs of residents, visitors and businesses. Hoboken will be better off without his arrogant self. Good riddance!!!